State investigating Toledano for alleged tenant harassment

East Village landlord accused of making threats, shutting down services

Raphael Toledano and 444 East 13th Street
Raphael Toledano and 444 East 13th Street

Officials in Albany are looking into complaints that landlord Raphael Toledano tried to strong-arm tenants into leaving their rent-regulated apartments.

State investigators served subpoenas on Toledano’s Goldmark Property Management as part of a probe into allegations that he and his agents threatened tenants with police raids and eviction, and shut off essential services like gas.

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Goldmark is involved in a lawsuit with the Urban Justice Center, which represents a group of tenants at Toledano’s 444 East 13th Street, the New York Daily News reported.

Toledano, a long-time broker who transitioned into property investing, bought the six-story, 10,000-square-foot building in January, according to property records. He paid $6.1 million.

Rent stabilized tenants at the building pay between $800 and $1,400 a month on units that could be worth up to $4,000 a month, according to the Daily News. [NYDN]Ariel Stulberg