Tenants living in a house owned by a prominent Brooklyn family say their landlords harassed them and attempted to illegally evict them from their Crown Heights townhouse.

Four tenants say the landlords — Loretta Gendville, owner of Area Yoga and Planted Cafe, and her husband, Gennaro Brooks-Church — have attempted to evict them from the Dean Street house without any paperwork from housing court, and have tried to forcibly move into the house while their tenants are still living there.

“Gennaro walked into my room while I was asleep and started demanding rent and asked for my other roommates — that’s not okay, I don’t have to say that,” said Manar Balh, a tenant since August 2019. “They’re very hostile, very rude, very condescending — they make us feel like we’re the crazy ones for being hurt.”

Tenants of 1214 Dean Street, and landlord Gennaro Brooks-Church. Photo by Ben Verde Tenants living in a house owned by a prominent Brooklyn family say their landlords harassed them and attempted to illegally evict them from their Crown Heights townhouse.

Four tenants say the landlords — Loretta Gendville, owner of […]

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