The 2018 Worst Evictors in Neighborhoods Where Eviction Defense is A Right

Below is a list of landlords who evicted the most tenants in zip codes where the Right to Counsel (RTC) law is in effect. We want tenants in these neighborhoods to know that they have the right to an attorney when facing eviction and to use it!

Evictions are not your fault. If your landlord is taking you to court, you aren’t alone. If your landlord is on this list, it means they evict A LOT of people. Their model has worked, in part, because landlords and their lawyers have controlled our city’s housing courts. But that’s changing. Tenants fought and won the Right to Counsel (RTC), which has been a powerful tool to fight back against evictions.

Tenants: Stand up, use RTC, organize and fight back! We are here to fight with you. When you fight, we all win.

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Bronx

RTC Zipcodes: 10457, 10467, 10468, 10462

1

Bronx
Ved Parkash
Parkash 242 LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

81 Evictions

1483 families housed
1813 families sued*
1.2 lawsuits per family
94% rent stabilized
Funded by Signature, New York Community Bank, Peapack Gladstone, Capital One (Among Others)
Represented by Anurag Parkash(Among Others)

Ved Parkash uses housing court a lot. Over a 2.5 year period, there were 330 more filings issued than families housed in his Bronx RTC buildings. Named by the NYC Public Advocate as the Worst Landlord in November 2015, Ved Parkash uses housing court as a vehicle to collect rent and evict tenants. If tenants want to get repairs or communicate with Parkash, they know housing court is the place to go to track down one of his sons. Parkash has a pattern of suing tenants in court cases that have no merit, which is a form of harassment. He also denies quality repairs and basic services to tenants.

In response to Parkash’s predatory behavior, Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) and Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) began organizing together and started several Tenant Associations which led to the formation of the Parkash Tenant Coalition (15 buildings were represented in the coalition). In July 2016, the Tenant Coalition met face to face with Parkash and won several demands. As a result, Parkash has shifted his behavior in some buildings, but his pattern of suing tenants has not ended.

Parkash doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city he evicted 175 families in 2018. Read more about Parkash here, here, here, here and here.

Update, Oct 2019: We previously listed Parkash as having 66 evictions, but our new methods developed for our Citywide list allowed us to track down even more buildings listing him as the owner. Read more on our About page.

If you live in a building owned by Ved Parkash and want to organize, call Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) at 718-716-8000 or Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) at 718-584-0515.

2

Bronx
Irving Langer of E&M
Leibel Lederman, Joel Goldstein and Irving Langer
E&M Associates
In RTC Zipcodes

62 Evictions

1396 families housed
599 families sued*
0.43 lawsuits per family
38% rent stabilized
Funded by Arbor Realty Trust, Signature, New York Community Bank, Investors Bank(Among Others)
Represented by Green and Cohen, PC; Scott Gross; Azoulay Weiss LLP(Among Others)

E&M, founded by Irving Langer, has a pattern of buying distressed and over leveraged properties, and then selling them a few years later.  As stated on their website, they are “aggressively pursuing value-added acquisitions” and their leadership “identifies and capitalizes on opportunities in the market place.” Some portfolios they’ve bought and sold are the SG2 portfolio in the Bronx and the Dawnay Day portfolio in East Harlem.

E&M doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city they evicted 93 families in 2018. Read more here, here, and here.

If you live in a building owned by Irving Langer, E&M Associates in the Bronx and want to organize, call Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) at 718-716-8000 or Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) at 718-584-0515.

Irving Langer of E&M

3

Bronx
Steven Finkelstein
Charlotte Bailey LLC, Finkelstein Timberger East Real Estate, Among Others
In RTC Zipcodes

33 Evictions

1731 families housed
889 families sued*
0.52 lawsuits per family
92% rent stabilized
Funded by People's United Bank, BankUnited, Cantor Commercial, Capital One(Among Others)
Represented by Richard Langer, Jim McElwain(Among Others)

Often after Finkelstein buys a building, he imposes MCI after MCI starting with gut renovating entire bathroom and kitchens that have left numerous families without working bathrooms and a kitchen to cook in for several weeks up to months at a time. The construction has subjected families to unsafe and hazardous conditions and tenants who refused the renovations, were threatened with housing court for denying access.

Here is what two Finkelstein Tenants have to say:

Juan Nunez: In 2015 at 2770 -80 Kingsbridge Terrace, Mr. Finkelstein decided it was time for our bathrooms and kitchens to be renovated, even though an entire line of apartments in my building had new kitchens installed back in 2011 due to a fire that occurred years before. But that didn’t stop Mr. Finkelstein from sending letters and harassing tenants to allow for the work to begin or face possible evictions. Once the work began it was a complete disaster. Each building had to share ONE bathroom during construction and at times only one bathroom was available for both buildings. Children with asthma were surrounded by dust due to the shoddy construction work. Once the work was complete, the bathrooms were smaller, the kitchen cabinets were falling apart and as a result more repairs were ultimately needed in order to fix the shoddy work that was done. He was granted Major Capital Improvements (MCI's) and tenants are struggling to keep up with rising rent.

A. Omar Owens:  MCI’s are permanent and cause eviction. I have seen the increasing numbers of young families fleeing in the middle of the night not wanting to face the humiliation of broad daylight evictions. Single-parent households and one income families, fixed income retirees are stretched beyond limit bearing the burden of how to make ends meet while paying close to 50% of their income to rent.

Read more on Finkelstein here, here and here.

In response to the massive amount of MCIs, Community Action for Safe Apartments and Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition joined forces to form the No More MCIs Coalition in the Bronx in the Fall of 2016. The coalition represents over 1,500 families in 18 buildings fighting almost $20 million dollar in permanent rent hikes. In 2017, almost 1,000 MCI applications were granted by DHCR to less than 1% of the rent stabilized housing stock. In other words, corporate landlords like Finkelstein use this loophole to drive up legal rents, threaten tenants with eviction and displacement, and continue to profit through displacement because of the existing rent laws. Today, the organizing is focused to not only eliminate Major Capital Improvements completely from state law, but to push forth a visionary, broad platform to fight for Universal Rent Control across New York State to expand Tenant Rights. You can read about the state-wide campaign for Universal Rent Control here:

Finkelstein doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city he evicted 75 families in 2018. If you live in a Finkelstein building in the Bronx and you want to organize, call Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) at 718-716-8000 or Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) at 718-584-0515.

4

Bronx
Jonathan Wiener
Chestnut Holdings
In RTC Zipcodes

32 Evictions

1754 families housed
1107 families sued*
0.63 lawsuits per family
93% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Santander, Chase, Signature, Apple Bank (Among Others)
Represented by David Moss, David L Moss & Associates (Among Others)

Jonathan Weiner, the brother of Joel Weiner of The Pinnacle Group is one of the largest owners of rent stabilized housing in the Bronx. In 2013, the Chestnut Holdings Tenant Coalition organized by Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCC) and New York Communities for Change (NYCC), and representing more than 400 tenants from 18 Chestnut Holdings buildings, sent a letter to their landlord in February of 2013 that outlined their concerns. These included insufficient heat and hot water, unresponsive and disrespectful management, lack of quality repairs, lack of adequate security, lack of adequate extermination, lack of respect for tenants’ right to organize, and others. For tenants who struggle with all of the above, receiving rent bills marked urgent with numerous non-rent fees feels like the landlord is doing everything possible to make them move out, short of changing the locks. Tenants in this Coalition felt so abused by Chestnut Holdings widespread use of non rent fees on their bills, such as fees on appliances (air conditioner, washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher), legal fees, damage fees, Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increases and other miscellaneous fees, that they wrote a report about it, which you can read here.  

The Coalition pursued many tactics to be able to live with dignity and respect, including a march to Jonathan Weiner’s house in Riverdale.  In response, instead of addressing tenants’ concerns, Jonathan Weiner’s staff staged a counter protest outside of CASA-New Settlement Apartments’ main office.  They were invited in for coffee but declined. Tenants in Chestnut Holdings buildings today continue to organize and struggle for respect and dignity.

Jonathan Weiner doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city he evicted 99 families in 2018. You can read about Jonathan Weiner and Chestnut Holdings here, here, here and here.

If you live in a building owned by Chestnut Holdings and want to organize, call Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) at 718-716-8000 or Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) at 718-584-0515.

5

Bronx
Sam Applegrad
University Realty Holdings
In RTC Zipcodes

32 Evictions

522 families housed
612 families sued*
1.2 lawsuits per family
99% rent stabilized
Funded by Signature, Capital One, BankUnited, New York Community Bank (Among Others)
Represented by Mark H Cohen & Associates, Caiola & Mckenzie(Among Others)

Sam Applegrad uses housing court a lot. Over a 2.5 year period, there were 90 more filings issued than families housed in his Bronx RTC buildings. Across the city he evicted 93 families in 2018. Other than his widespread use of housing court, we don't know a lot about Sam Applegrad because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings he owns yet. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

6

Bronx
Matthew Becker
Related Companies, Simply Better Apartments
In RTC Zipcodes

24 Evictions

1199 families housed
665 families sued*
0.55 lawsuits per family
100% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Signature, Capital One, Arbor Realty Trust (Among Others)
Represented by Gutman Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt; Cohen, Hurkin Pomerantz & Tenenbaum LLP(Among Others)

We don’t know a lot about Matthew Becker because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings he owns yet. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

7

Bronx
Brooke, Ryan and Scott Morgan
The Morgan Group
In RTC Zipcodes

22 Evictions

1065 families housed
891 families sued*
0.84 lawsuits per family
99% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Cantor Commercial, M&T Bank, Cantor Fitzgerald(Among Others)
Represented by Gold & Rosenblatt(Among Others)

Often Morgan Group sends tenants to court for a variety of reasons soon after they buy a building in the Bronx. In addition, they often gut renovate bathrooms and kitchens throughout the entire building that have left families without working bathrooms or kitchens during the time of construction and exposed to construction dust, hazardous materials, which later allows them to apply for MCI rent increases. The “renovations” have caused other issues because, similar to the repairs done, they are shoddy work done with cheap material and not done well. Tenants have been harassed for organizing in the form of housing court cases, flyers being taken down, etc.  

Here are what two Morgan Group tenants say:

“So many things they gave us are worse than what we had before and we have to pay more for them. The walls are thinner and more delicate, the bathroom and kitchens fall apart and are broken. Supposedly it was an expert who did all of this- from the electricity wires, new piping, etc but we’ve had electrical explosions since then. I am not happy because I am worried that they will send me to court just like they have for many people already, for not paying the MCI rent increase.”- Sandra Sanchez

"When I moved in it was horrible. I didn’t expect for my apartment to be that horrible. When Morgan Group came in, they did renovate the bathroom and kitchen which were the worst. After the renovation, the water pressure and pipes weren’t good. I still have to wait hours for hot water to arrive. I’ve been late to work several times because I couldn’t shower or even brush my teeth. I got the renovation but I didn’t get the working bathroom and kitchen I needed. Now, it would be a waste to try and move within the borough into someplace else because everyone is trying to do the same thing." --Phoenicia Herbert

The Morgan Group doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city they evicted 55 families in 2018. Read more about The Morgan Group here, here and here.

Tenants have been organizing tenants’ associations to challenge MCI rent increases, inconsistent and low quality repairs, and harassment to sign renewal leases with threat of eviction.

If you live in a building owned by The Morgan Group in the Bronx and want to organize, call the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) at 718-584-0515.

Manhattan

RTC Zipcodes: 10031, 10025, 10026, 10027

1

Manhattan
Julius Lamar and David Mateo
Arete Management LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

15 Evictions

212 families housed
239 families sued*
1.1 lawsuits per family
100% rent stabilized
Funded by NYC Government Financing(Among Others)
Represented by Sperber, Denenberg and Kahan(Among Others)

Julius Lamar and David Mateo use housing court a lot. Over a 2.5 year period, there were 27 more filings issued than families housed in their Manhattan RTC buildings. Other than his rampant use of housing court, we don’t know a lot about Julius Lamar and David Mateo because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings they own yet. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

2

Manhattan
Larry Gluck
Stellar Management
In RTC Zipcodes

13 Evictions

1423 families housed
630 families sued*
0.44 lawsuits per family
81% rent stabilized
Funded by Capital One, New York Community Bank, BankUnited, Signature (Among Others)
Represented by Cullen and Associates PC(Among Others)

Former real estate lawyer, Larry Gluck, is known for de-regulating affordable housing. According to the Real Deal, "Gluck is perhaps best-known for removing Tribeca's 1,300-unit Independence Plaza from the rent-regulated Mitchell-Lama program, despite ongoing legal battles with tenants. Rents in the complex at 40 Harrison Street now top $5,000 a month, more than five times what tenants paid just a few years ago." In another large purchase, Gluck bought the Harlem Riverton Houses. In an interview with the Real Deal, Cynthia Allen, the president of the tenants’ association, said "he talked a really good game; He wanted everyone to think he was this wonderful, great guy. He wasn’t going to say, ‘Look, my plan is to get rid of 50 percent of you.' However, that’s exactly what Riverton’s financing called for."

Gluck has specialized in the past few years in de-stabilizing housing by inflating building and apartment renovation costs. According to Crains, "A review of several lawsuits against Stellar reveals how expensive or dubious renovations enabled the owner to convert rents to market-rate."

Larry Gluck doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city he evicted 101 families in 2018. We need to organize and fight back!

To read more about Gluck go here, here, here, here and here.

Update, Oct 2019: We previously listed Gluck as having 12 evictions, but our new methods developed for our Citywide list allowed us to track down even more buildings listing him as the owner. Read more on our About page.

If you live in a building owned by Larry Gluck in Manhattan and want to organize, contact the Goddard Riverside Law Project at 212-799-9638, x1512 or email them at: organizer@goddard.org.

3

Manhattan
Joel Wiener, among others
The Pinnacle Group
In RTC Zipcodes

9 Evictions

751 families housed
357 families sued*
0.48 lawsuits per family
74% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Capital One, BankUnited, Fannie Mae (Among Others)
Represented by Hertz, Cherson & Rosenthal (Among Others)

As reported by the Daily News, “the Pinnacle Group is notorious for illegally hiking rents and issuing false eviction notices in 63 borough buildings from 2004 to 2010...More than 30,000 tenants accused the landlord — one of the city's largest owners of rent-stabilized properties — of harassment in a lawsuit settled in 2011.  Pinnacle agreed to fork over $2.5 million in legal fees to help those who say they were overcharged or harassed seek compensation.”

Pinnacle doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city they evicted 106 families in 2018. This company is an example of what tenants groups have been organizing against for years, called Predatory Equity.

Read more about Pinnacle here, here, here and here.

If you live in a building owned by The Pinnacle Group in Manhattan and want to organize, contact the Goddard Riverside Law Project at 212-799-9638 x1512 or email them at: organizer@goddard.org.

4

Manhattan
Irving Langer of E&M
Leibel Lederman, Joel Goldstein & Irving Langer
E&M Associates
In RTC Zipcodes

8 Evictions

1511 families housed
478 families sued*
0.32 lawsuits per family
85% rent stabilized
Funded by Arbor Realty Trust, Signature, New York Community Bank, Investors Bank(Among Others)
Represented by Green and Cohen, PC; Scott Gross; Azoulay Weiss LLP(Among Others)

In December of 2018, E&M sold 50 buildings for more than $250 million to Sugar Hill Capital Partners and they sold 21 buildings to Black Spruce Management and NYC Housing Partnership for $76.25 million. It’s too soon to tell if the new landlords will continue the practices of E&M.

Irving Langer of E&M

5

Manhattan
Labe Twerski
Residential Management
In RTC Zipcodes

5 Evictions

279 families housed
159 families sued*
0.57 lawsuits per family
80% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Dime, Sterling, Flushing Savings(Among Others)
Represented by Tenenbaum, Berger & Shivers(Among Others)

While he’s actually #7 on the Brooklyn list, we moved him up because of the number and rate of lawsuits he brings. Labe Twerski is ranked #13 on the Public Advocate’s Landlord Watchlist and you can read more about him here. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

Brooklyn

RTC Zipcodes: 11216, 11221, 11225, 11226

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Brooklyn
Joel Wiener, among others
The Pinnacle Group
In RTC Zipcodes

27 Evictions

1973 families housed
1423 families sued*
0.72 lawsuits per family
94% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Capital One, BankUnited, Fannie Mae (Among Others)
Represented by Slockowsky & Slockowsky LLP(Among Others)

As reported by the Daily News, “the Pinnacle Group is notorious for illegally hiking rents and issuing false eviction notices in 63 borough buildings from 2004 to 2010...More than 30,000 tenants accused the landlord — one of the city's largest owners of rent-stabilized properties — of harassment in a lawsuit settled in 2011.  Pinnacle agreed to fork over $2.5 million in legal fees to help those who say they were overcharged or harassed seek compensation.”

This company is an example of what tenants groups have been organizing against for years, called Predatory Equity.

Pinnacle doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city they’ve evicted 97 families in 2018. Read more about Pinnacle here, here, here and here.

If you live in a building owned by The Pinnacle Group in Brooklyn and want to organize, contact the Flatbush Tenant Coalition at 718-635-2623 ftcoalition@gmail.com.

2

Brooklyn
Shalom Drizin
Fieldbridge Associate LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

16 Evictions

1321 families housed
275 families sued*
0.21 lawsuits per family
95% rent stabilized
Funded by Capital One (Among Others)
Represented by Stern & Stern (Among Others)

We don’t know a lot about Shalom Drizin because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings he owns yet. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

We do know he owns Ebbets Field Apartments, where there have been a lot of complaints from tenants, which you can read about here, here and here.

3

Brooklyn
Jacob & Naftali Hager
Hager Management Inc.
In RTC Zipcodes

11 Evictions

722 families housed
293 families sued*
0.41 lawsuits per family
93% rent stabilized
Funded by Greystone, New York Community Bank, Chase, Capital One(Among Others)
Represented by Scott Gross(Among Others)

We don’t know a lot about Jacob & Naftali Hager because the Flatbush Tenant Coalition (FTC) only recently started organizing in buildings they own. If you live in a building in Brooklyn owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, you can contact FTC at 718-635-2623 or ftcoalition@gmail.com.

4

Brooklyn
Moshe Piller
Parkchester Apts LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

8 Evictions

430 families housed
652 families sued*
1.5 lawsuits per family
97% rent stabilized
Funded by Signature, First Republic Bank, People’s United Bank, Flushing Savings(Among Others)
Represented by Novick Edelstein Pomerantz, PC(Among Others)

Moshe Piller uses housing court a lot. Over a 2.5 year period, there were 458 more filings issued than families housed in the buildings he owns. Described by the press as “infamous”;  by his tenants as “notorious” and “slumlord”; and by then Public Advocate Letitia James as “one of NYC’s Worst Landlords”, Moshe Piller has a long and troubling history of negligence, harassment, and displacement. Tenants in his Brooklyn buildings, like 2010 Newkirk Ave in Flatbush, have fought for years for basic repairs, living with repeated leaks and ceiling collapses that have lead to mosquito and mold infestations; vermin; dangerous electrical work, and more. In the Bronx, two children living in one of his buildings were killed by an exploding radiator.   While he was failing to provide basic services in his buildings, Moshe Piller continued taking Brooklyn tenants to court for non-payment of rent. In at least 2010 Newkirk Ave, he did this even though he had overcharged tenants for many years. In 2017, these tenants won more than $162,000 in overcharges and penalties after they filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court together with Flatbush Tenant Coalition and Brooklyn Legal Services.

Here is what tenants said about Piller in 2016, as they filed an overcharge case.

We live in a building with bathroom leaks, cracking floors, mice, rats, no working stoves for weeks.  And he defrauds us of our money and takes us to court saying we owe him more. These landlords are robbing people and they know they are doing it. -Jean Alleyne

This landlord cheated us since we moved into this building.  He was taking money from us that he shouldn’t have been taking and he was putting it in his pocket, not doing repairs. This building needs a lot of repairs and we’ve lived in horrible conditions for so long. It is a violation of our rights. Tenants have the right to be treated respectfully. -Yvonne & Dalphee Champagne

Tenants continue to organize for repairs and to stop harassment.  

Moshe Piller doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods, across the city he evicted 82 families in 2018. If you live in a Moshe Piller Building in Brooklyn and want to organize, contact the Flatbush Tenant Coalition (FTC) at 718-635-2623 or ftcoalition@gmail.com.

For tenants who feel powerless, we can come together and fight back.  Landlords think they can get away with anything and that tenants can’t do anything about it.  Landlords need to know that tenants have power! -Jude & Andrea Halman, FTC Member

Read more about Piller here, here, here and here.

5

Brooklyn
Michael Niamonitakis
Meridian Properties
In RTC Zipcodes

8 Evictions

1509 families housed
563 families sued*
0.4 lawsuits per family
81% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, Investors Bank, Signature, Chase(Among Others)
Represented by Slockowsky & Slockowsky LLP, Smyth Law PC(Among Others)

Michael Niamonitakis was on the Public Advocate’s Landlord Watchlist in 2016, and you can read more about him here. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

Queens

RTC Zipcodes: 11433, 11434, 11373, 11385

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Queens
Daniel Benedict of BRG
Ely Singer, Jonah Rosenberg, Daniel and Ari Benedict
Benedict Realty Group (BRG) LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

5 Evictions

612 families housed
446 families sued*
0.73 lawsuits per family
82% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank, BankUnited, Capital One, Dime (Among Others)
Represented by Matilda Pena & Associates (Among Others)

This landlord has a pattern of not making repairs or making them inadequately; some of their buildings have horrible vermin problems; they do lots of Major Capital Improvements (MCI's) to raise rents, but the work is not always done properly; and they bring many eviction cases. The landlord also tries to “build relationships” with the tenants by making promises (which they do not always keep) and sometimes by giving them something new without charging them. This disrupts organizing efforts and discourages tenants from taking action. The landlord also offers buyouts, discreetly targeting tenants who have a lot of repairs issues or who take a leadership role in the building.  

BRG doesn’t just evict families in these neighborhoods. Across the city, they evicted 29 families in 2018. Read more about BRG here, here and here.

Do you live in a building owned by BRG in Queens and want to organize? If so, call CMS at 347-472-3500 Ext. 1022 or 1019. You should also call DHCR at 718-739-6400 to ask for your rent history and 311 to complain about lack of repairs.

Join with tenants who are organizing to demand repairs and a habitable space to live, and to push these landlords to stop their tactics of displacing, dividing and evicting tenants!

Daniel Benedict of BRG

2

Queens
Phillip Wischerth
Estates NY Real Estate Services LLC, LeFrak Organization
In RTC Zipcodes

5 Evictions

136 families housed
67 families sued*
0.49 lawsuits per family
99% rent stabilized
Funded by Chase, Wells Fargo, M&T Bank, Capital One (Among Others)
Represented by Daniels, Norelli, Cecere & Tavel; Horig, Welikson & Rosen(Among Others)

While Phillip Wischerth is listed as the Head Officer on these buildings, and pictured here, the shareholders belong to the LeFrak familiy. Here is some information about Richard LeFrak, the CEO of the LeFrak Organization. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

3

Queens
Douglas Eisenberg of A&E
Donald Hastings & Douglas Eisenberg
A&E Real Estate
In RTC Zipcodes

5 Evictions

454 families housed
204 families sued*
0.45 lawsuits per family
76% rent stabilized
Funded by Blackstone, Signature Bank, Capital One, New York Community Bank (Among Others)
Represented by Heiberger & Associates(Among Others)

This landlord has a pattern of buying old, worn out buildings in working class neighborhoods of color; letting the apartments of long-term tenants fall into disrepair; and making them wait for months for low-quality repairs. Many tenants also say that this landlord is often unresponsive, neglectful, and rude, and gives preferential treatment to new tenants and their apartments as compared to tenants who have lived in the building longer. They also impose huge rent increases through IAIs, often from questionable renovations to vacant apartments and unnecessary and inflated Major Capital Improvements (MCIs), and use preferential rents to mask outrageously high legal rents, which are often the result of vacancy bonuses and inflated Individual Apartment Increases (IAI's).

A&E doesn’t just evict people in these neighborhoods.  Across the city they evicted 136 families in 2018. Read more about A&E here, here and here.

Tenants in buildings owned by A&E are often discouraged by the landlords' tactics, which makes it hard to organize. Do you live in a building owned by Donald Hastings or Douglas Eisenberg of A&E in Queens and want to organize? If so, call CMS at 347-472-3500 Ext. 1022 or 1019. You should also call DHCR at 718-739-6400 to ask for your rent history and 311 to complain about lack of repairs.

Douglas Eisenberg of A&E

4

Queens
Marilyn Metz
King George Apartments, LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

4 Evictions

629 families housed
135 families sued*
0.21 lawsuits per family
86% rent stabilized
Funded by New York Community Bank (Among Others)
Represented by Thomaidis & Lagoudis PC(Among Others)

We don’t know a lot about Marilyn Metz because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings they own yet. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and want to organize, email us to get involved!

Staten Island

RTC Zipcodes: 10302, 10303, 10314, 10310

1

Staten Island
Brian Raddock
K&R Preservation
In RTC Zipcodes

9 Evictions

536 families housed
455 families sued*
0.85 lawsuits per family
0% rent stabilized
Funded by N/A(Among Others)
Represented by Gutman and Mintz(Among Others)

The one building Brian Raddock owns in Staten Island is a project based Section 8 building which means that when people lose their homes, they lose their affordable housing as well. And Brian Raddock uses housing court a lot, bring almost bringing almost one lawsuit per family in a 2.5 year period in the RTC zip codes in Staten Island. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and you're being evicted, know your rights and fight to stay!

2

Staten Island
Ufaratzta LLC
Ufaratzta LLC
In RTC Zipcodes

5 Evictions

177 families housed
134 families sued*
0.76 lawsuits per family
100% rent stabilized
Funded by Hanover Community Bank, Chase, New York Community Bank, Northfield Bank(Among Others)
Represented by Gutman and Mintz(Among Others)

Other than the fact that they use housing court a lot, we don’t know a lot about Ufaratzta LLC because none of the members of the Coalition are organizing in buildings they own. If you live in a building owned by this worst evictor and you're being evicted, know your rights and fight to stay!

Dishonorable Mentions

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ON MULTIPLE BOROUGH LISTS
E&M Associates LLC
The Pinnacle Group

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SUES PEOPLE MORE THAN ONCE
Ved Parkash of Parkash 242 LLC
Moshe Piller of Parkchester Apts LLC
Sam Applegrad of University Realty Holdings
Julius Lamar and David Mateo of Arete Management LLC

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SUES A LOT
Larry Gluck of Stellar Management
Ely Singer and Jonah Rosenberg of Benedict Realty Group (BRG) LLC
Eddie Ljesnjanin, Marc Barhorin, Edward Suazo, Rasim Toskic and Joel Wiener of The Pinnacle Group
Brooke, Ryan and Scott Morgan of The Morgan Group
Brian Raddock of K&R Preservation
Ufaratzta LLC