Senator Espaillat and Councilman Levine Fight Tenant Discrimination
A battle cry to mobilize uptown tenants against a disgusting rat problem has ignited a potential court fight to protect foreign-born residents from what they say are bullying tactics on the part of the landlord.
“It’s harassment,” said Jeffrey McAdams, a housing lawyer representing a Mexican family who claims GPS has asked for proof of legal status. “It’s wrong to use their immigration status in order to use it against them to take away their home.”
The family's saga prompted neighbor Abelardo Remuzgo to alert state Sen. Adriano Espaillat about the buildings' rodent woes and anti-immigrant intimidation claims.
Espaillat and Councilman Mark Levine fired off letters Monday to the state Tenant Protection Unit and federal Department of Housing and Urban Development asking the agencies to probe the allegations.
Residents, however, had plenty to say.