Newsday newsday.com 14 Jan, 2022 10:30 am

Hempstead landlord, tenants in yearslong battle on rents, services

Hempstead landlord, tenants in yearslong battle on rents, services
Tenants in two Hempstead apartment buildings say their landlord has overcharged them thousands of dollars in rent, and a state agency that's supposed to protect them hasn't consistently enforced regul

The precise number of tenants covered by a rent freeze order at the roughly 240-unit development is not known.were listed on 2015 rent freeze documents provided by Lofton, but that number has changed with tenant turnover.She noticed her rent went up by about $9 in 2016, although she was granted a rent freeze in 2015.The couple is protected by a rent freeze in place since 2014 that has kept their rent at $1,200 a month, according to Lofton and HCR paperwork.

But Manchester I sent statements claiming he owed roughly $70,000 in rent because, Lofton said, the company didn't abide by the agency's rent freeze order.But at the Jackson Street building, HCR has deemed the loss of security guards too minimal of a change to merit a rent freeze, according to agency documents and Lofton.

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