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Some Black Tenants in Brooklyn Sue Landlords, Say They're Being Discriminated Against

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Some black tenants in Brooklyn are suing their landlords, saying they're being discriminated against.

They live in a group of apartments on Brooklyn and Hawthorne Avenues.

The federal suit claims that their landlords are harassing black tenants and trying to push them out in favor of younger white renters.

The suit claims the landlords are in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

"He's holding the checks for over a year on some of the tenants," said Thomas Williams of the Flatbush Tenant Coalition. "He's not doing repairs, and when he does repairs, he makes the repairs so bad."

"I mean, who wants to go to work, come home every day and you got all these issues to deal with at home? It's ridiculous," said resident Mikela Athertom.

NY1 has reached out to the landlords but has not heard back.

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