Saturday, February 20, 2010
Landlord throws 92-year old tenant's possessions in the street
From NBC News:
She survived the Holocaust. But a tenacious life story wasn't enough for 92-year old Eta Eckstein to keep her Brooklyn landlord at bay.
While out of her apartment in a rehab facility, the grandmother got evicted.
"It's unspeakable," says Eta's grandson, Idan. "They just threw her belongings onto the street." Eta's family got no explanation from the landlord.
They believe he wants her out of the $600-a-month rent-controlled apartment on Bay Parkway in Bay Ridge, where she's lived for 40 years.
"Family heirlooms, photographs, my dad's birth certificate, diplomas. It's all gone. Everything," Eckstein told NBCNewYork.com.
Her grandson says Eckstein had continue to pay $600-a-month throughout her stay at the rehab facility and tried to return to the apartment on Bay Parkway last spring but found it in disrepair.
Eckstein's family says the ceiling in her bathroom had collapsed.
"This is her home, she's lived there for 40 years," says her grandson. "She should have to right to return and not have this guy take advantage of a situation by creating an unsafe space and then kicking her out."
The family says landlord Morris Piller, once dubbed "King of the Slumlords," was telling people that Eckstein had died. In court papers, Piller apparently claimed that Eckstein was renting out the apartment to others, which the family says is not true.
This is what we've become.
Ain't pretty is it?