Landlord accused of using “Chinese mafia” to evict tenants

The tenants of the Midtown building have now brought an $8M suit against the building's owner

TRD New York /
Nov.November 15, 2014 02:00 PM

A Midtown landlord is being accused of using the Chinese mafia to force tenants out of their homes.

The tenants of the Midtown building, located at 23-25 West 35th Street, are now suing their new landlord for $8 million, according to the New York Post.

Building resident Obi Lee claims a thug followed her to work and identified himself as being part of “a very large company in Hong Kong.” He then threatened to harm her neighbor, saying “they would send someone to cut off his arm,” according to the Manhattan civil suit.

Lee says the men also threatened to do “the worst type of harm which could be inflicted on a woman.”

The landlord is even trying to evict Porter Brooks, of the TV show “Entertaining People,” over a rent dispute.

Vaduzco Realty, which had owned the two four-story buildings since the 1970s, recently sold the property to a first-time Chinese buyer using an LLC.

“I’m astonished to hear this,” the landlord’s lawyer David Brody said. “It doesn’t have a ring of truth to it.” [New York Post]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
730 Park Avenue (Google Maps, Wikipedia)

British aristocrats sue to quit Park Ave purchase

British aristocrats sue to quit Park Ave purchase
16 Sutton Place (Credit: Google Maps)

Sutton Place co-op in turmoil over terrace fees

Sutton Place co-op in turmoil over terrace fees
(Credit: iStock)

Sibling rivalry: Alan Jemal calls Steven’s allegations “false and ridiculous”

Sibling rivalry: Alan Jemal calls Steven’s allegations “false and ridiculous”
SL Green CEO Marc Holliday and the Daily News Building  at 220 East 42nd Street (Google Maps; SL Green)

SL Green sues Chetrit over $35M deposit for scuttled Daily News deal

SL Green sues Chetrit over $35M deposit for scuttled Daily News deal
Greystar probed tenants’ “character,” “reputation,” “rental history,” lawsuit claims

Greystar probed tenants’ “character,” “reputation,” “rental history,” lawsuit claims

Greystar probed tenants’ “character,” “reputation,” “rental history,” lawsuit claims
Scott Mollen and 45 Park Place (45 Park Place; Herrick)

Cultural center linked to El-Gamal fights against 45 Park foreclosure

Cultural center linked to El-Gamal fights against 45 Park foreclosure
Clockwise from left: Bronx housing court at 1118 Grand Concourse, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Judge Lawrence Marks, New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street (Getty; Google Maps; Wikipedia; New York State Courts)

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court
Noah Syndergaard and 116 Hudson Street (Getty, Google Maps)

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard sued for abandoning Tribeca penthouse rental

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard sued for abandoning Tribeca penthouse rental
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...