July 15, 2019
Tenants of a Bedford-Stuyvesant building went to court on Thursday to delay action on the eviction of a longtime resident, renewing a two-year battle in which they’ve accused their landlord of harassment and deception.
The 693 Madison St. tenant association, alongside the community organizing group Equality for Flatbush, has been fighting since 2017 against Isaac Hirsch, the building’s landlord and the president of JIH Builders. According to an attorney from TakeRoot Justice, which represents the tenants, JIH attempted to eliminate rent regulation protections by fraudulently claiming upgrades to the property. A court ruled in favor of JIH in November, and the tenants have filed an appeal.
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