Landlord accused of trashing apartments hit with subpoena

State agency claims JBI Management tried to run tenants out of rent-regulated buildings

TRD New York /
Apr.April 24, 2014 12:57 PM

The Cuomo administration’s Tenant Protection Unit served Brooklyn-based JBI Management with a subpoena yesterday, months after tenants alleged that workers destroyed their bathrooms and kitchens with sledgehammers.

Officials claim company principals Joel Israel and Aaron Israel purposely trashed apartments at 98 Linden Street, 300 Nassau Avenue, 119 Boerum Street and others in order to expel rent-regulated tenants from ten buildings the brothers own. Tenants filed a lawsuit against the Israels in January with the help of activist group Saint Nick’s Alliance, and the state Office of Rent Administration lowered their rent to $1 a month to compensate for a lack of services. But the plaintiffs told the New York Daily News that they have yet to see their apartments fixed.

State housing commissioner Darryl Towns said the apartments were “trashed,” while Cuomo called the landlords’ alleged actions “unconscionable.”

A spokesperson for JBI denied any wrongdoing. [NYDN]Kerry Barger

Related Articles

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

WeWork’s side businesses are fizzling

Normandy Founder Finn Wentworth, Columbia CEO E. Nelson Mills, 799 Broadway and 250 Church Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Columbia acquiring Normandy for $100M in New York real estate’s latest megamerger

WeWork abandons Seattle co-living plan, Barneys bidding begins: Daily digest

Alex Sapir’s massive Opportunity Zone site in Miami hits the market

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Trump exaggerated building values to get financing, tax documents show

Brokerage firms are strategizing ways to make up losses after the cost of application fees was capped at $20. (Credit: iStock)

Brokerages on rental application fee cap: “It hurts”