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Former landlord of city-controlled Bronx building charged with interfering

Erik Clayton allegedly hampered court-appointed administrator

June 16, 2016 11:00AM

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1663 Garfield Street in Van Nest

A landlord who bought a notorious Bronx building with plans to rehab it is under arrest after allegedly interfering with the city’s own efforts.

Erik Clayton allegedly repeatedly tried to remove a court-appointed administrator at 1663 Garfield Street, a reported drug-dealing hub, and allegedly refused to give over $12,000 in rent.

Clayton bought the three-story rental building in 2010 and told reporters at the time he planned to clean it up, Crain’s reported.

In 2014, the city took outright control of the property through a different program, and appointed an administrator.

Clayton sold the property earlier this year. He was ordered to jail for 60 days unless he pays the $12,000.

Property investors spent $2.4 billion in the bronx last year, up from $1.1 billion the year before, according to a report by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office. [Crain’s]Ariel Stulberg

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