The two Brooklyn slumlord brothers accused of deliberately making their buildings unlivable for longtime rent-controlled tenants in an attempt to capitalize on the real estate market have been arrested. The Times reports that Joel and Aaron Israel, who in 2013 infamously sent a worker to decimate the apartments of their tenants at 98 Linden Street by way of sledgehammer, were convicted on criminal charges for being despicable humans and even worse landlords. The duo, who aren't strangers to housing court, have previously been reported for trashing building mechanicals and creating hazardous conditions in apartments for their tenants.
· 2 Brooklyn Landlords Accused of Making Units Unlivable Are Arrested [NYT]
· All Joel Israel coverage [Curbed]