City Didn’t Police Tax Breaks Landlord Got for Deregulating Apts.: Lawsuit

 Tenants of this building are suing their landlord, claiming that the landlord illegally deregulated rent-stabilized units while receiving tax abatements form the city. Tenants of this building are suing their landlord, claiming that the landlord illegally deregulated rent-stabilized units while receiving tax abatements form the city. View Full Caption

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MANHATTAN — A Harlem landlord enjoyed nearly $100,000 in tax breaks under a city housing program despite illegally deregulating the majority of rent-stabilized apartments in his building, according to a class action lawsuit filed by tenants Wednesday.

The building, 746 St. Nicholas Ave., is part of the city’s J-51 program, which gives landlords tax breaks for renovating buildings as long as all residential units on the property are rent stabilized.

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