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Aaron Carr, the group’s founder and executive director, uncovered documentation from city tax records showing that Stellar registered to receive the tax abatement, known as J-51, for a number of buildings but didn’t comply with the requirements. In one building in Inwood only 43 of the 70 units were registered as rent stabilized, when the law requires that all must be, according to the documents.

Aaron Carr of the Housing Rights Initiative, a nonprofit group whose investigation of A&E led to the lawsuit, said rent overcharges present a serious threat to the city’s affordable-housing stock. “This is about a systematic effort to remove affordable apartments from rent regulation and raise rents in violation of our city and state laws,” Mr. Carr said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said a class-action lawsuit filed this week against a development firm that has received a city tax break and allegedly overcharged tenants contains “serious allegations.”


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