SRO tenants harassed by landlord
ALJ Richard recommended denial of an SRO owner's application for a certificate of no harassment. The owner had illegally converted SRO units into Class A apartments before obtaining a certificate of no harassment or an Alteration Type I permit.
The illegal conversion supported an inference of the owner's intent to empty the building of lawful SRO occupants, given the timing which coincided with the unexplained exodus of 26 SRO tenants only weeks after the owner bought the building.
The owner was also found to have allowed overcrowding and other hazardous conditions, and made repeated false certifications that violations had been corrected when they had not.
Dep't of Housing Preservation & Development v. Avid (in PDF), OATH Index No. 801/08 (Apr. 4, 2008).