Bedbug Lawsuits Swarm Landlords
As bedbugs continue to pop up at locations in the city -- most recently at the Manhattan district attorney's offices, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and at a Brooklyn public school -- tenants are increasingly looking to the legal system for help.
Michael Kozek, an attorney with tenant representation firm Jeffrey S. Ween & Associates, said that dozens of New York City rental and co-op residents have hired him over the last six months to fight their landlords. Most cases have been resolved before reaching the point of a lawsuit.
A number of cases have made it to the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York as well, where tenants sue the city for failing to enforce the law, and go after their landlords for failing to comply with it.
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