News Sunset Park landlords settle lawsuit alleging discriminating, illegal rent deregulation The landlords tried to push out Latino tenants, the lawsuit said. The landlords of two Sunset Park buildings settled a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Latino tenants. Photo Credit: Google Maps By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Updated July 31, 2018 8:43 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The Sunset Park landlords who were accused of discriminating against Latino tenants settled a class action lawsuit on Friday. Adel and Linda Eskander, the landlords of 601 40th St. and 614 40th St., forced Latino tenants to prove their legal status in order to renew their leases, brought “frivolous eviction proceedings” against them and told them they wanted only white tenants, according to the lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Society in January. The landlords also neglected maintenance problems, including frequent heat and hot water outages, electricity outages, cockroach infestations and leaks, and when they succeeded in pushing out tenants, they illegally deregulated the apartments, according to the lawsuit. “This settlement delivers justice for these tenants and puts landlords across New York City on notice that this type of aggression will never be tolerated,” Sunny Noh, the supervising attorney of the Tenant Rights Coalition at Legal Aid Society, said in a statement. In agreeing to the settlement, the Eskanders have committed to the following: Stop asking for citizenship status at lease signings or renewalsRe-register the deregulated apartments as rent stabilizedDecrease current rents between 4 and 20 percentStop deliberately interrupting, delaying or discontinuing essential services in the buildingKeep repair tickets submitted by tenants for three years and provide copies to Legal Aid upon requestPost signs explaining the anti-discrimination policy in English and Spanish on each floor in each buildingEmploy a management company approved by the tenants and Legal Aid to operate the buildingsUndergo Fair Housing trainings An attorney for the Eskanders did not immediately respond to a request for comment. By Nicole Brown email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Sunset Park landlords accused of discrimination to go to trialThe landlords required Latino tenants to prove their immigration status, a lawsuit claims. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.