From the Daily News:
Tenants in a Williamsburg building forced their way back into their apartments this week after a year-long fight - but their landlord still won't turn on their water, electricity or gas.
Five families used a crowbar to break open a padlock on the N.Eighth St. building Sunday after their landlord refused to let them back in despite their victory in a legal battle.
"We are going to be living there the best way we can," said Peter Pawlak, 50, who said he'll use flashlights and shower at friends' apartments until utilities are turned back on, but won't give up the apartment where he's lived for 15 years.
Tenants charged the landlord, Jamal Alokasheh, is trying to clear out the rent-stabilized building so he can cash in on having condos near trendy Bedford Ave. "It's disgusting," Pawlak said. "Slowly but surely, he squeezes people out."
The saga started a year ago, when renovations in the basement destabilized the building's foundation, and the city Department of Buildings ordered everyone out.
Alokasheh stalled on making repairs for months. Faced with contempt of court, he finally made them, and the vacate order was lifted last week.
But an inspection Tuesday found new damage to the foundation - and late Tuesday, DOB officials ordered the building cleared again.
Residents charged the landlord deliberately damaged the foundation to foil their return.
The homecoming didn't last long.