The Dermot company slumlords that were failing to provide heat to reader Dan’s apartment are now accused of harassing tenants in an attempt to force them from their rent-stabilized apartments. [Brownstoner]


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  1. Gorky says:

    Once again a story about people who are lazy and refuse to earn anything. They want everything handed to them. Im sure there are lots of McDonalds hiring near where they live. Ive never seen one that ISNT hiring. I hate people who expect handouts. On the other hand people who are working hard and PAYING rent out of their pocket instead of mine dont deserve this kind of treatment and should be compensated.

  2. Adam Hyland says:

    @Gorky:??? Where did that random rant about people wanting handouts come from? I mean, I hate the terrorists to but—-oh, wait, terror doesn’t have anything to do with this topic, neither does the waiting line for a job at McDonalds.

    The company is being sued for harrassing people to get them out of rent controlled apartments. Either it is true or it is false. We don’t know yet. If it is true, it doesn’t matter whether they have a job or not. If it is false it doesn’t matter if they have a job or not. The harm exists despite the employment status of the victims.

  3. yesteryear says:

    this seems more appropriate for a tenants’ rights website.

  4. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    Seems like standard landlord stuff…buy a building, do some exterior repairs so you can claim MCI and raise everyone’s rent, then start trying to move folks out.
    “A new boiler? We just painted the fire escapes? What do you people want?”

    There are certainly two sides to this, and I’m pretty sure one of them isn’t about whiny tenants who don’t even have jobs. Unless I missed that in this article and the previous ones about Dermot. Or are you somehow metaphorizing Dermot with whiny jobless people expecting handouts?

  5. kc2idf says:


    this seems more appropriate for a tenants’ rights website.

    Tenants are consumers (of housing). This is a consumer issues site. This consumer is having an issue. It fits.

  6. xsmasherx says:

    @Adam Hyland: The Gorkster doesn’t know what rent control means, so she assumed the article was about a section 8 program or about public housing. Pay her no mind!

  7. disavow says:

    @Gorky: Facts are pretty cool. You should buy some.

  8. JustAGuy2 says:


    These tenants are rent-stabilized, not rent-controlled, big difference.

    While it’s not a direct gov’t subsidy, rent stabilization does keep rents on some apts artifically low, driving up rents for market rate apts, so we are, to a degree, paying their rent.

  9. yesteryear says:

    @kc2idf: that’s a stretch. there’s got to be a whole host of resources out there for tenants – especially in a rental-rich area like NY. not to mention all of the laws in place. in high rent cities here in the bay area we have countless nonprofits that assist tenants with issues just like this.

    dan has done everything right so far and as someone who had to deal with a similarly shady company in SF (citi apartments/citi properties), i hope his issue is resolved and/or they allow him to break his lease so he can find a more habitable apartment. a few years ago i tried to break a lease with citi apartments because id become ill and had to take some time off work, and i wasn’t sure i’d be able to pay my rent… the guy from citi actually laughed at me and said “I wouldn’t break your lease if you told me you had a brain tumor”. i left the office in tears. these people can really behave like monsters sometimes.

  10. strathmeyer says:

    @JustAGuy2: “These tenants are rent-stabilized, not rent-controlled, big difference.”

    Does it really matter when someone is harrassing you in order to get you to move out?