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New Yorker Sues Landlord For Clearing Out The Wrong Apartment

A New York man came home to his Upper East Side apartment one evening to find everything was gone, including his passport and credit cards.

Nilay Shroff says his landlord hired a cleaning contractor to remove all the contents of an apartment belonging to a tenant who didn’t pay their rent.

Instead of taking everything out of apartment 2B in 409 E. 74th Street, they took all of Shroff’s belongings from 2D, the New York Daily News reported.

According to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court this week, Shroff came home on Oct. 9, 2013 to find "the entire contents of his apartment were removed ... with the exception of one television and one PS3 game system.”

Shroff claims the mistake put him at risk for identity fraud. His passport and government security clearances were gone. Everything was reportedly sent to the city dump.

The suit says the plaintiff lost "clothes, kitchen items, bed, dresser, sofa and other furniture, bathroom items, video games, personal identity information ... credit cards ... memorabilia, photographs and souvenirs."

Shroff’s one-bedroom apartment costs $1,700 a month.

He is suing the building owner for an undisclosed amount.

Amid the city’s housing crunch, Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to expand the number of low and mid-income homes to New Yorkers, but advocates say the city is losing affordable apartments at such a high rate that it won’t make a difference.

Gentrified neighborhoods are taking in double or triple that of rent-stabilized apartments, the New York Times reported in February.

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Times

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