NYC’s ‘worst landlord’ going to jail after turning himself in to city sheriff

The Gothamist, David Brand, Mar 31, 2024

A notorious New York City landlord turned himself in to the city’s sheriff on Thursday to begin a two-month jail sentence after blowing off a judge’s orders to correct a raft of hazards at two Upper Manhattan apartment buildings he owns.

Daniel Ohebshalom was found in contempt of court earlier this monthfor failing for years to fix hundreds of alleged violations both Washington Heights buildings, where tenants have faced crumbling ceilings, chronic vermin infestations and lead paint on the walls, according to city housing records. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development first sued Ohebshalom for needed repairs in the buildings in 2021.

“The ongoing conditions that the tenants of the subject premises have had to endure, have remained uncorrected since November of 2022, at least 16 months before this writing, and often longer,” Manhattan Judge Jack Stoller said in his contempt order on March 8.

A spokesperson for Sheriff Anthony Miranda said Ohebshalom, who lives in California, turned himself in at the sheriff’s Manhattan office at 3 p.m. Thursday, nearly two weeks after his arrest warrant was issued. Ohebshalom lost a motion to dismiss the arrest on Tuesday, court records show.

Ohebshalom will serve his 60-day sentence at Rikers Island and was being transported for intake there Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said. Ohebshalom will serve his 60-day sentence at the Eric M. Taylor Center on Rikers Island, according to Department of Correction records.

His attorney did not respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment on his arrest.

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