Civil Court of the City of New York
New York County (Manhattan)
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Guang Y. Leung, Oi Yuk Kong, Ai Yu Shao, Qun Chen, Wai Hei Li, Liu Yi Chun, Xiu ZhenZhang, Jing Zhao Chen, Kai Lu and Jerry Li
Zi Chang Realty Corp., Wing Chau Yeung and Yu Huang, and Department of Housing Preservation & Development (DHPD)
Decision after trial
Judgment for Tenant
Tenant Substantially Won
Petitioners, tenants of ten separate apartments of a Manhattan building, commenced an Housing Part ("HP") proceeding in New York City Civil Court alleging harassment by the building's owners. After a six day trial, the Court found that the landlords had engaged in harassment as defined by the New York City Housing Maintenance Code by repeatedly depriving tenants of heat and hot water, using threatening language on signs posted throughout the building, including signs making threats based tenants' immigration and marital statuses. The owners also harassed the tenants, and violated the Real Property Law, by collecting illegal fees from tenants who had roommates. Based on the finding of harassment, the Court awarded compensatory damages to each tenants in the form of a rent abatement for the lack of heat and hot water, and return of illegal fees charged by the landlord in amounts of over $10,000 for each petitioner. The Court also awarded punitive damages of $4,500 for each petitioner, and enjoined the landlord from additional acts of harassment. Attorney’s fees were also awarded to petitioners' counsel.
"Leung v. Zi Chang Realty Corp." (2020). All Decisions. 476.