NEW YORK (AP) — The state's Tenant Protection Unit said Wednesday that a major New York City landlord was under investigation over allegations it forced Asian-American tenants to leave their rent-regulated apartments.
The unit subpoenaed Marolda Properties in a probe into claims the company denied basic services, refused to renew leases, brought groundless evictions and pressured tenants to accept low buyout offers.
The company owns and manages more than 70 buildings in the city and Westchester County. The state said its probe focuses on buildings in Lower Manhattan.
The state said Marolda threatened to evict one woman in her mid-80s claiming that she wasn't a building resident. That was despite her living there for 40 years and being an active member of a community senior center and religious organization.
In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "No New Yorker should be forced to live in fear of harassment by their landlord, and today we are taking an action that will help protect thousands of New Yorkers from this kind of abuse. This case is especially egregious because it appears this landlord preys on many tenants who are elderly and whose primary language is not English — which will not be tolerated in New York state."
Marolda executives did not return a telephone message.