Gov. Cuomo subpoenas Manhattan landlord trying to evict rent-regulated tenants

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo served a subpoena on Marolda Properties, a Manhattan based landlord accused of trying to squeeze out rent-regulated tenants from their homes.

Marolda owns several buildings on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown. Jeremy Freeman has run a record shop in a Marolda building for the last decade. Freeman told PIX 11, "the building was primarily Chinese and old Lower East Side residents and people who have been here for 50 years, and over the past couple of years it's become 90% NYU students."

Many residents in Marolda's Chinatown properties do not speak or read English. Some have turned to the Committee for Anti Asian American Violcence (CAAAV) for help. Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV said, "last summer we started noticing more and more Marolda tenants coming to our offices with similar complaints. They are being brought to court for frivolous reasons  They don't understand why they are being brought to court."

"When the problem becomes broad, when the problem is not solvable, that's when you see the Governor and T. P. U. step in," explains Richard White, Deputy Commissioner of the state's Tenant Protection Unit. Lawyers from White's office helped draft the Marolda subpoena.

"What the Governor has said is this property owner has shown enough of a pattern and practice that it's time to take specific action and ask some very strong questions," White said.

Marolda Properties did not return PIX11's calls for comment.


  • Monica

    I live in the same building shown in this video. The way they calculate the rent is they say it is 500 dollars more than it should be and then they give a preferred rate, that actually how much the renter should pay. I learned after I moved in, that these buildings “used to be rent stabilized”, but they made minimal adjustments (like moving a pipe or adding an extra sink) and they took most out of the stabilization this way. I am a hard working person with advanced degrees, but I still pay 70% of my income just to pay my rent on monthly basis (a barely one bedroom, with an almost no kitchen). I am glad this investigation is under way and maybe one day I can feel comfortable to be able to make a living and pay my rent on my salary.

  • iz

    Im sorry to hear this Monica but you situation is mild considering the harassment others and myself have endured. Seniors have been drugged some taken to nursing homes against their will no family could find them. Rapes daily break ins mail tampering you name it. My friend was almost killed using gas etc. I fought them like hell kept all the records tapes etc. way way more than I can say here but just know some of us are fighting and the Governor who at the time was the attorney general did nothing. Police were also used…My apartment was taken away Im in a situation of rent more than my income I do not buy food lost lots of weight sick with lack of nutrition…Oh and lets not forget defamation of character since they had nothing else no credibility to speak of. DHCR has been bought even the attorneys are afraid of them. But I made it clear in my complaints to the feds since NYS took lots of federal money and have to be held accountable. PS they are still trying to make it hard for me in court with frivolous case so far we are winning but then again the system and NYS is corrupt. I just feel more hurt for the seniors especially those with rent control apartments. Let me tell you I did a fine tooth comb investigation and found out all they did was illegal and no one batted an eye. If you are a person of color you can forget it completely. Im still praying they get theirs. Im still facing homelessness are the rents are astronomical. I am $350 over my income for this place and the rent is going to go up. Besides the black list if you gone to court ever over housing too…all along never missed a rent payment. Im hungry literally as I write…food is a luxury now. Also if you are in a rent stabilized apartment and they are trying to get you out Con ed is helping with fictitious outrageously high bill from no where…many many people too.

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