From the Daily News:
TENANTS OF a rowhouse-style affordable housing complex in Hollis protested outside the Buildings Department yesterday, demanding the reversal of a construction permit that allows the landlord to kick them out.
Chanting "Stop the Sale of Hollis Court!" about two dozen people rallied outside the lower Manhattan offices before trying to deliver a letter to Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri.
They said the agency should not have allowed Hollis Court, a 54-unit complex on 202nd St. and Hollis Ave., to be subdivided into 27 individual two-family homes.
After buying the complex in 2005, owner Joseph Kohn got an approval from the city to divide the complex into two-family homes - allowing him to take advantage of a loophole that takes the housing out of rent regulation, tenants said.
In recent years, he has put several buildings on the market for as much as $400,000.
Once the buildings are sold, the new owners are allowed to evict the tenants. Many of them have Section 8 vouchers to help pay for the rent-stabilized units.
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