Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Housing agency sides with tenants
Elaborate plans by a Queens landlord to sell off portions of his rent-stabilized Hollis Court Gardens apartment complex as two-family homes were thwarted by a state decision last week.
Plan to sell Queens apartment complex thwarted
Tenants of the complex, at 202nd St. and Hollis Ave., accused the landlord, Joseph Kohn, of using strong-arm tactics and making an end run around rent-stabilization laws to oust tenants.
Seven old-growth trees already have been cut down, and contractors have filled up ditches in the backyard with construction debris from renovations inside vacant apartments in the complex, Broomfield said.
Kohn was in the process of dividing up the common courtyard into parking spaces and individual backyards. In its decision, the state housing agency noted that for such construction to take place, the owner and tenant must be in "mutual voluntary written agreement." A review discovered the majority of tenants were against the changes.