May 5, 2017
Companies owned by Sassan “Sami” Mahfar and Sina Mahfar settled a tenant harassment suit for $175,000. A number of the affected tenants were Chinese or Spanish-speaking families who had lived for many years at four buildings owned by the companies.
“Across the city, unscrupulous landlords look to take advantage of New York’s real estate market at the expense of their rent-regulated tenants – and we won’t hesitate to fight back using all tools at our disposal,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who pursued the case and other, similar cases of tenant harassment.
The owners coerced rent-stabilized tenants to move out of 22 Spring Street, 102 Norfolk Street, 113 Stanton Street and 210 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. Tenants who did not accept buyouts offered by Mirador, a tenant “relocation” firm hired by the owners, were punished with the loss of electricity, heat and hot water, in addition to demolition and construction work that put lead into the air at concentrations 1,000 times the legal limit.
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