Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday announced that the city has filed a lawsuit against Moshe Piller, a building owner who has amassed more than 1,900 violations across 15 buildings he owns throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.

Piller ranks number 28 on the New York City public advocate’s 2021 “Worst Landlord Watchlist” and has been criticized by numerous tenant organizations, including the Flatbush Tenant Coalition. The city’s lawsuit seeks to compel Piller to repair his properties or face tens of millions in civil penalties.

“The time of landlords openly flouting the law and harassing tenants is over. This lawsuit sends a clear message that those who break the law will pay,” said Adams. “For years, Moshe Piller has ignored his responsibilities as a landlord and racked up more than 1,900 violations — landing him a spot as one of the city’s ‘worst landlords’ list.”

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