City and state officials are set to launch a coordinated crackdown on greedy landlords accused of trying to harass tenants from their rent-stabilized apartments.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor de Blasio will announce on Thursday an aggressive new effort to go after property owners who use illegal tactics to force out tenants paying lower rent.
The campaign comes in response to “a significant uptick in complaints regarding tenant harassment” — especially in gentrifying neighborhoods, officials said.
Schneiderman has opened 10 investigations into allegations of landlord harassment in the last year — triple what his office had done in any prior year, officials said. In the last 18 months alone, the AG has fielded more than 200 complaints of “systematic harassment” by landlords, mostly in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.