Alleged “worst” landlord could face prison time

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A landlord who made the Village Voice’s list of the top 10 worst property managers is now being taken to task by his tenants, who claim that he’s allowed them to live in squalor, denying their Soundview Bronx apartment building necessary changes. The building, at 1585 East 172nd Street, fell into disrepair when former management company Oceleot Capital abandoned much of its portfolio in the real estate bust. The new landlord, Hunter Property Management, is no better, tenants allege, allowing collapsed floors, broken water pipes and widespread mold to remain unrepaired for over a year. If the judge deems the situation dire enough, Hunter owner Sam Suzuki could face civil imprisonment for his actions, to be determined at a hearing at the end of the month.

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