Attorney General James, tenants rights advocates reach $1.75M settlement with Ink Property Group
New York Attorney General Letitia James along with tenants rights advocates announced Friday a $1.75 million settlement with Ink Property Group.
The announcement comes as accountability for predatory landlords in the city has gotten to a boiling point for tenants.
“They illegally bought out tenants and repeatedly harassed and intimidated those who refused to leave their homes,” said James. “They provided money to their employees to get tenants out.”
Ink Property Group owns and manages a total of 44 multifamily buildings across Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Their buildings have an average of 1,000 violations, including some considered hazardous.
As part of the settlement, Ink will have to pay $400,000 to the tenants who were harassed. Longtime tenants who have been forced to live in dangerous conditions -- as a result of construction -- will also receive $2,500. Also, 80 buildings will also be reinstated as rent-stabilized.
Nonprofit organizations like St. Nicks Alliance can provide support to tenants in similar situations and are warning tenants to keep an eye out for red flags.
“If the landlord is offering money to move out and you say no and that person continues to offer you, that is considered harassment,” said a St. Nicks spokesperson.
Tenants who think their apartment may have been unlawfully destabilized should reach out to the New York state Department of Homes and Community Renewal.