“Two landlords rented out a single-family home even though the house had been seized by Rockland County for lack of property tax payments, according to a lawsuit.
After finding the house occupied and tenants paying rent to the former owners, Joseph Greenbaum and Elazer Dancziger, the county filed a civil lawsuit against the two New Square men and referred the case for criminal investigation to the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.
The county contends Greenbaum lost ownership for not paying property taxes since 2012. Dancziger used the address for his two medical-related businesses and managed the property, the county said.
“Their actions were not only illegal, they were outrageous,” County Executive Ed Day said in a news release. “It’s a scam – like renting the Brooklyn Bridge. They represented that they owned a property that they did not own.”
The house is located at 749 N. Main St., also known as Route 45, across the street from the Village of New Square.
New Hempstead Mayor Abe Sicker said the village issued violation notices to Greenbaum in mid-December for allowing three families to live in the one-family house. He said the village posted the house with violation notices and then notified the county.
The county government took ownership of the property on Sept. 18, 2017, after Greenbaum ended up with a debt of $54,000, according to the officials and the lawsuit. The county’s objective was to force payment or sell the property at auction to recoup the back taxes, at the very least.
In a complaint filed by County Attorney Thomas Humbach in state Supreme Court in New City, the county is seeking to recover damages for the unlawful occupation of the property. The amount would be left up to the judge, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that after the county seized the single-family house and the tenants left, Greenbaum and Dancziger later rented to new tenants, representing themselves as landlords and property owners.
Tenants told investigators that they had paid $2,000 in rent per unit to Dancziger, the county said. Records also show Dancziger runs medical transport businesses, Yad Ezrah Inc., and Medway from the address.”
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