Thursday, October 25, 2012

Illegal hotel operator sued by the City

From Wall Street Journal:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration filed a lawsuit on Monday against what is believed to be the largest operator of illegal hotels in New York City, seeking $1 million in damages and the creation of a restitution fund for tourists who have been duped and exposed to dangerous conditions.

The lawsuit in state Supreme Court accuses Smart Apartments LLC and Toshi Inc., a related company that was dissolved last year, of operating illegal short-stay rooms in as many as 50 residential buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The suit also named as a defendant Robert "Toshi" K.Y. Chan, the companies' principal executive, who appeared in an Academy Award-winning film, "The Departed," and is known for throwing lavish parties in New York.

"Illegal hotel operators create hazardous conditions and place the lives of guests in danger," Mr. Bloomberg said in an email. "With this lawsuit, we are sending a clear message to operators of all illegal hotels: Our administration will remain vigilant in its commitment to combating this public safety problem."

Mr. Chan declined a request for an interview. Jonathan Nelson, an attorney representing Smart Apartments, said in a statement that the litigation "apparently is directed toward situations that have allegedly occurred in the past."


Anonymous said...

Isn't Chan the same guy who runs the new World Mall on Roosevelt Ave. and Main St. in Flushing?

That photo of him with his little fluffy puppy sure makes him look very "Butch".

Anonymous said...

Doesn't he own a lot those fire traps along the Bowery, just north of Chinatown?

Does he also own those 4 story apartment buildings right across the road from Bowne House...the ones with the paved over front yard?

Didn't he also contribute to John Liu's campaign ?

Anonymous said...

Substandard hotels for visiting "coolies"....that's the way he got bilking his own kind.

Anonymous said...

Why not go after the web site - it killing the professional Real Estate Industry for short term furnished rentals over 1 month stays and skirting all the "hotel designation" by being a broker of illegal hotel units in apartments, rooms and houses all over the city!

Anonymous said...

He's a capitalist!!! Don't persecute him!!!