Linden Boulevard landlords arrested for open housing violations

July 27, 2011 04:14PM

HPD Commissioner Mathew Wambua and 241 and 247 Linden Boulevard (building source: PropertyShark)

A Brooklyn judge issued warrants of arrest for the owners of two Linden Boulevard rental properties in Flatbush with a combined 500 open housing code violations, Crain’s reported. The landlords, Lewis Alleyne, Dwight King and Gerald King, have allegedly failed to comply with court orders to repair dangerous conditions in the buildings and to appear in court.

The eight-unit building at 241 Linden Boulevard has 322 unaddressed housing code violations, while 247 Linden Boulevard is a six-unit property with 178 such housing violations. The former has been in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Alternative Enforcement Program, which singles out the city’s worst residential properties, since November 2007, while the latter building entered the program a year later. HPD said the landlords didn’t make the repairs on their own, and didn’t allow inspectors to access the building. The court said the owners have until Sept. 16 to correct the violations, and clear their civil contempt.

“We will not allow their inaction to contribute to the further decline of these properties,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew Wambua in a statement. “Landlords who flout the law, and force people to live in deplorable conditions, will be held responsible.” [Crain’s]