NY1 reports that a East Harlem landlord pled guilty this week after being accused of trying to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their apartment.
Ephram Vashovsky was convicted on criminal charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Back in 2014, prosecutors say the 49-year-old allegedly removed load-bearing walls, shut off the heat, and started a campaign to harass the tenants – all while the family of seven still lived in their East 115th Street apartment.
In 2015, the city ordered the building vacated and deemed it uninhabitable.
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says this conviction is a warning to all landlords who force residents to live in dangerous conditions.