Bronx landlord Ved Parkash accused of discriminating against Section 8 tenants

A tenant slapped him with a lawsuit on Monday

TRD New York /
Apr.April 03, 2017 03:55 PM

A Bronx landlord is accused of discriminating against Section 8 tenants by refusing to accept the federal subsidy for rent.

Tenant Rosalba Gonzalez filed a lawsuit against landlord Ved Parkash on Monday, alleging that he rejected Section 8 vouchers, the New York Daily News reported. Gonzalez claims Parkash wouldn’t accept the voucher to cover $853 of her $975 rent at 2051 Grand Concourse Avenue. Section 8 vouchers are considered lawful income, so it’s illegal to refuse tenants based on their use of the subsidy.

She also alleges that the Fair Housing Justice Center set up a sting where Parkash’s employees told callers — posing as Section 8 tenants — that the landlord didn’t accept the vouchers.

“This latest move by Ved Parkash, one of the most notorious landlords in our city, is nothing more than outright discrimination and an attempt to line his pockets,” Public Advocate Letitia James told the Daily News.

In February, the Department of Buildings and the city’s Health Department slapped Parkash with violations for creating illegal apartments in a building that became a breeding ground for rats. [NYDN] — Kathryn Brenzel

(To see a ranking of the landlords with the most residential units in the city in 2016, click here)

Related Articles

Keeping lawns freshly cut and outdoor spaces in tip-top shape could result in greater rewards for sellers. (Credit: iStock, IMDB)

Curb your enthusiasm: Homes with spruced-up outsides sell at premium

Elsa Segura (left) was arrested in connection to realtor Monique Baugh's (right) murder (Credit: iStock)

Second suspect charged in real estate agent’s abduction, murder

Clockwise from top left: John Gomes, Ronita Kalra, Eric Beniam and McKenzie Ryan (Credit: Getty Images, iStock, Wikipedia)

“We’re putting ourselves in situations where anything is possible”: Real estate agent’s killing rattles industry

As the years go by_A look back at 17 years of real estate history

A look back at 17 years of real estate history

157 West 57th Street (Credit: iStock)

One57 condo with reduced ask tops a slow week of luxury contracts

Clockwise from top left: 730 Fifth Avenue, Unit #PH21; 730 Fifth Avenue, Unit #18A; The Pierre, Unit #3101; and The Park Imperial, Unit #64

Priciest homes listed last week include $60M pad at Crown Building

250th Issue

The Real Deal celebrates 250 issues

From left: Publisher and founder Amir Korangy, Editor-in-chief Stuart Elliott and VP of Corporate Development Yoav Barilan

TRD’s founders share war stories from over the years