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State investigating Toledano for alleged tenant harassment

East Village landlord accused of making threats, shutting down services

August 24, 2015 08:01AM

Rapbhael Toledano

Raphael Toledano and 444 East 13th Street

Officials in Albany are looking into complaints that landlord Raphael Toledano tried to strong-arm tenants into leaving their rent-regulated apartments.

State investigators served subpoenas on Toledano’s Goldmark Property Management as part of a probe into allegations that he and his agents threatened tenants with police raids and eviction, and shut off essential services like gas.

Goldmark is involved in a lawsuit with the Urban Justice Center, which represents a group of tenants at Toledano’s 444 East 13th Street, the New York Daily News reported.

Toledano, a long-time broker who transitioned into property investing, bought the six-story, 10,000-square-foot building in January, according to property records. He paid $6.1 million.

Rent stabilized tenants at the building pay between $800 and $1,400 a month on units that could be worth up to $4,000 a month, according to the Daily News. [NYDN]Ariel Stulberg