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Howard learns the ropes of landlord strategy

HARLEM -- It drags on and on. That’s the way landlord-tenant disputes tend to go in New York City. So it is with the case surrounding 295 W. 150th St.

Orlando Cotto has been having problems trying to get repairs made to his building. A judge ordered they be made by his landlord, Yitzchak Horowitz of LGL Associates. Orlando thinks the landlord is trying to oust the Section 8 tenants like him so he can make more money.

“What I’m looking for is repairs so I can go on with my life and be happy,” Orlando said after a recent court session. “I believe Mr. Horowitz is trying to sell the building.”

But the landlord didn’t make repairs. And I learned something. It’s not a problem for the landlord, at least not yet, according to Orlando’s attorney, Magda Rosa-Rios.

“He’s allowed to get away with it until there is a hearing to determine that he didn’t comply at which time he will be subject to penalties or contempt.”

The problem is landlords can drag these things out so tenants get disgusted, run out of patience and money and move. But not Orlando. His next court hearing is set for November 17.