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Castellan Real Estate Partners in New York City has just undergone a seven month long investigation by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal's tenant protection unit. The investigation was begun when the organization received word that the real estate company had asked for their tenant's pay stubs as well as either their passport or proof of citizenship. The firm had threatened to evict within 30 days if the documents could not be provided. Multiple tenants signed a vacate agreement, mostly immigrants from Mexico and Ecuador.
The firm admits no wrong doing on their part, but they have settled with the agreement that they will overhaul their tenant process, make sure all of their employees are re-trained to these new policies, and pay the cost of the independent monitor that they will be under for the next three years. On top of that, they will create a $100,000 fund for those that had vacated due to the requests.
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