‘This Is Heartless’: Elderly Man Says Slum Lord Recruited Drug Dealer to Push Him Out of $450-a-Month Brooklyn Apartment

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An elderly New York man says he is being forced to live in dangerous and unbearable conditions as he is harassed by another tenant who has invited drug use and created a homeless encampment at the entrance of the apartment he has lived in for over 20 years. Francis Roberts, 77, believes the other tenant in his Crown Heights brownstone is working with the building’s landlord to drive him out of the basement apartment where he is paying $450 per month under the city’s rent-stabilized laws. The median rent in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood is now $3,000 a month. Francis Roberts says he is pushed out of his Brooklyn home. (Photo: YouTube screenshot/ News 12) Since Aaron Akaberi, 36, moved in the building in June, he has been playing loud music “24/7,” according to Roberts’ neighbor, Maria Florez. Akaberi and his drug-addicted “associates” have broken into Roberts’ apartment and stationed overflowing portable bathrooms, makeshift tents, trash, a smoking barbecue grill and drug paraphernalia by his door, Roberts complains. Every time police or neighbors remove the items, Akaberi and the squatters move them closer to his door, according to a lawsuit filed against Roberts’ landlord and the city’s Department of Housing...