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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 1999

Contact:
Carol Abrams
(212) 863-5176

Cassandra Vernon
(212) 863-8076

HPD ANNOUNCES LITIGATION AGAINST SRO OWNER ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL EVICTION

New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Richard T. Roberts announced today that HPD has filed suit against the Family Preservation Center, Inc., the owner of an eight-unit Single Room Occupancy (SRO) located at 58 Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, for illegally evicting tenants from their homes in late February.

The tenants state that on February 26, 1999 employees of Family Preservation Center Inc. entered the building and instructed everyone to leave. When the tenants did not leave, the employees of the owner broke walls, windows, removed doors from their hinges, and turned off the electricity, water, and gas rendering the premises unfit for occupancy following this act of destruction. HPD's Division of Code Enforcement placed a Vacate Order on the premises.

On March 26, HPD's Housing Litigation Bureau appeared in Manhattan Court seeking repair of the premises to its legal configuration and use as an SRO, restoration of the tenants to possession, and civil penalties. HPD is also seeking maximum civil penalties based upon non-compliance with the Vacate Order.

The case load for HPD's Housing Litigation Bureau includes comprehensive building violation cases, heat and hot water cases, and 7A proceedings. HLB appears in all actions commenced by tenants against their landlords. In

addition, through its Housing Education Program, HPD provides technical assistance on code compliance issues including free seminars to assist owners in providing heat, hot water, and other required services to their tenants. If you would like more information about upcoming education programs, please call (212) 863-8830.




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