The eviction notices signed by a vice president at Paragon Real Estate and served to two dozen families living in a single-room-occupancy hotel at 2 Emery Lane in Chinatown are being withdrawn. And according the Mayor’s Office, the owners of the building have pledged not to issue any new eviction notices for “the foreseeable future.”
The owners of the hotel purchased the 32-unit building for $2.72 million in November 2013 and have been accused of attempting to intimidate the tenants which came with the building into vacating their units in order to re-rent their rooms to “professionals” for $1,300. The current tenants pay closer to $550 per room per month.
The eviction notices were based on violations such as tenants “making messes in the bathrooms” and hanging laundry outside their windows.
And while the owners had previously refused to withdraw the eviction notices despite complaints, noting that “everything we have done has been within our right per [the leases] and health and building code regulations,” the City will now be proving legal defense to the tenants at 2 Emery Lane, which might have had a little something to do with the owners’ sudden change of heart.