In February 2014, a woman returned home to find her apartment destroyed. The apartment had been virtually demolished, leaving household necessities, such as the kitchen and bathroom unusable.
The woman’s apartment was located in a rapidly gentrifying area of Brooklyn. The owners of the building had previously been accused of creating unlivable situations for rent-stabilized tenants, tenants who according to state law generally pay below market rent.
Other tenants have accused the owners of creating such hazardous living conditions they had no choice but to re-locate.
The owners of the building are now facing seven charges including unlawful eviction, burglary, grand larceny, submitting false documents, fraud, and submitting false documents.
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