[Photo from May by Stacie Joy]
The Daily News has the story about Raphael Toledano's Goldmark Property Management:
State officials have launched an investigation into an East Village landlord accused of strong-arming tenants into giving up their rent-regulated apartments, the Daily News has learned.
The state’s tenant protection unit served subpoenas on companies controlled by landlord Raphael Toledano as part of a probe into claims of abusive behavior by his agents, including threats of eviction and the shutting off of gas and other essential services, officials said.
In May, rent-regulated tenants at 444 E. 13th St. filed a lawsuit against Goldmark for "deplorable conditions" as well as for ongoing threats and harassment. A staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center, who is representing the East 13th Street tenants, told reporters that "there are tape recorded conversations where the landlord is threatening to drop dynamite on the building and then let everyone 'figure it out themselves.'"
According to The Real Deal, Toledano bought the building for $6.1 million in January.
Jeffrey Goldman, an attorney for Toledano, denied the harassment claims.
"I have not seen him engage in any behavior or conduct that would give rise to an investigation let alone a finding of harassment,” Goldman told the Daily News.
Toledano's name surfaced earlier this month as the new owner of a 17-building parcel, most of which are in the East Village.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Claim: Landlord of 444 E. 13th St. threatened 'to drop dynamite on the building'