Tenants Blast Stuy Town ‘Spying’

It’s gone from Stuy Town to Spy Town.

The new landlord of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village is building tax dossiers on tenants in a massive effort to drive out low-paying families and jack up rents, residents charged yesterday.

“It’s upsetting,” said Alvin Doyle, a Stuyvesant Town tenant leader. “People are angry and outraged.”

Dozens of tenants are getting eviction notices from owner Tishman Speyer, which is claiming that their homes in the middle-class enclave aren’t really their primary residences, so it’s time for them to go.

Tenant Jeanette Besosa griped that she and others have had problems since Tishman Speyer bought the property last year, saying, “It’s like they’re spying on us!”

Besosa, who works at the United Nations, was accused of keeping residences in Florida, Pennsylvania and Manhattan’s Washington Heights.

She’s now assembling a thick binder of records demonstrating the Pennsylvania home is a weekend retreat, the Washington Heights town house an investment property, and the Florida address is her son’s rented college apartment.

Many of the residents who spoke to The Post said they were afraid to speak on record because they feared eviction.

Tishman Speyer investigators are apparently trolling public tax records across the nation, and when they find out a tenant has another property, they are sending out nonrenewal letters.
City Councilman Daniel Garodnick, who lives in the complex, said residents have attended legal clinics to learn their rights. “These are scary letters to get,” he said.

Tishman Speyer declined to comment on specific cases, but said in a written statement that it was routine for city landlords to contact tenants suspected of illegally holding leases.

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