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New York AG is cracking down on real estate crimes

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's team built to support New York tenants and homeowners
  • Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a plan to create a strong team to face tenant harrassment and housing enforcement initiatives in the state of New York.
  • The new Real Estate Enforcement Unit in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General's Office will work to investigate real estate-related crimes.
  • The team will also help to address affordable housing issues, abandoned properties and illegal abuse by landlords.

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Attorney General Schneiderman/ New Yorkers know all too well about deceptive practices in real estate. Overpriced rent, under-managed properties and tenant harassment are all familiar to residents of the state -- but a new task force is aiming to combat these issues. Within the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the Real Estate Finance Bureau will tighten up investigations of tenant harrassments and other housing issues common in the state. Spearheaded by Brent Meltzer, who is the former assistant commissioner at the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the bureau will be an added bonus to Gov. Andrew Curomo's Tenant Protection Unit. Meltzer is expected to move into the role August 1. Earlier in July, Schneiderman's office announced the beefed-up squad and the addition of the Real Estate Enforcement Unit, which will specifically investigate bank fraud, deceptive lending, tenant harassment and deed theft complaints. Special co...