At one East Village building that was once home to Allen Ginsberg, Kushner Cos. filed renovation permits that listed zero rent-regulated tenants. Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group, said the false documents made it easier for the Kushner Cos.to harass rent-regulated tenants so that it could push out low-paying tenants and replace them with higher paying ones. The company told the DOB it had no rent-regulated tenants - but tax filings indicated there were over 300 rent-regulated units in the 34 buildings.
City Councilman Ritchie Torres announced Monday that his office will investigate Jared Kushner's real estate company for allegedly flouting the city code and harassing rent-stabilized tenants in almost 35 buildings.
"It's bare-faced greed", Aaron Carr, founder of Housing Rights Initiative, told The Associated Press.
Of 80 construction applications the company filed between 2013 and 2016, none noted that the buildings had rent-stabilized units, even though they collectively contained hundreds of such apartments, Carr said. But Kushner's company regularly claimed its buildings had no rent-regulated tenants.
"The fact that the company was falsifying all these applications with the government shows a sordid attempt to avert accountability and get a rapid return on its investment", Carr said.More news: Amazon said to be weighing up Toys R Us store buys
The company said it outsources the preparation of such documents to third parties and they are reviewed by independent counsel.
"Kushner would never deny any tenant their due-process rights", said the company, adding it "has renovated thousands of apartments and developments with minimal complaints over the past 30 years".
Ritchie Torres, who chairs a city council committee on public housing, told the press conference that there was a direct link between the falsification of permits and the decline in affordable housing in NY.
Rent stabilization is a fixture of New York City that can bedevil developers seeking to make money off buildings.
"These allegations are particularly disturbing given the city's affordability crisis", Johnson said in a statement. Construction harassment is "a tool created to make the lives of rent stabilized tenants so unbearable, so intolerable that they are forced to give up the most valuable thing one can have in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, affordability".More news: Action 'Lady and the Tramp' Gets 'Lego Ninjago Movie' Director
For his part, Jared sold off a chunk of of his real-estate holdings when he took a job working for his father-in-law.
Also Monday, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said it is looking into the issue and planned a meeting with tenants' representatives in coming days.
The 36-year-old agreed to divest himself from more than 80 assets when he assumed the role, but retained more than 200 other assets worth at least $116 million, according to his financial disclosures. A financial disclosure previous year showed he still owns a stake in Westminster and earned $1.6 million United States from the holding.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Jared Kushner's real estate firms may "have a problem on their hands" if they falsified records with the city Buildings Department.
He hired a lawyer who found out he was protected from the 60-per-cent rent hike by law, something Romano did not know at the time.More news: Parkland Students Claim the NRA Has Been 'Basically Threatening Us'