A Brooklyn real-estate lawyer is suing the city of New York after she says her eviction from her apartment in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood was due to her husband’s arrest.
Brooklyn real-tor Jennifer Jernigan says her lease on her Brooklyn Heights apartment expired on June 28, but she and her husband, Joseph Jernigans, are still stuck in their home.
Her attorney, Benjamin Gorman, filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, seeking to force her eviction.
Gorman says the couple’s lease has expired and they have no place to live.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) says it cannot evict a tenant who has been evicted from their apartment because of a pending criminal or civil case.HPD spokesman Steve Krasnoff said the agency does not have a list of people who have been evaded from their apartments by landlords.HDP spokeswoman Rebecca Stahl said the department can only evict tenants who are “in violation of the law or the lease.”
Stahl added that the HPD cannot take any action against the Jerngans if their landlord or tenant fails to return the keys to the apartment within 14 days of eviction.
A spokesman for the city’s Housing Authority of New London (HAWL) said it could not comment on pending litigation, citing confidentiality rules.