By Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Two Brooklyn landlords are accused of trying to evict tenants from their homes by making their rent-stabilized apartments uninhabitable.

Joel and Aaaron Israel pleaded not guilty to unlawful eviction, fraud and other charges at their arraignment Thursday.

Prosecutors accused the brothers of showing up unannounced and destroying tenants’ bathrooms, kitchens and floors to force them to leave so they could rent the apartments at market value.

One tenant said she was without a kitchen or bathroom for 18 months.

The Israels own or manage about 10 buildings.



Their lawyer has denied the allegations.

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