Non-paying tenants are publicly shamed by a landlord in New York City.

A frustrated Queens landlord put up two massive posters accusing his supposedly deadbeat tenants of owing him $17,000 in late rent as a sign of the times.

The large posters stretched above the first-floor apartment on 175th Street in Springfield Gardens read, “MY TENANTS ON THE FIRST FLOOR ARE NOT PAYING RENT.”

Calvin and Jean Thompson, landlords, put up the banners, which can be seen from the Belt Parkway, in the aim of forcing their tenants to pay up. It was also used in a TikTok video that received over 14,000 likes, as well as encouraging comments like “Not paying your debts is ghetto.”

Since 1989, the Thompsons, who are married, have owned the two-family home. They started the process of evicting Marie and Eugene.

However, with roughly 200,000 eviction cases outstanding in the city as a result of epidemic safeguards and the state’s eviction moratorium, the landlords saw humiliation as the next best option.

Calvin Jr., the Thompsons’ son, said, “The placards are very embarrassing and shameful for them.” “At this point, freedom of speech is the only voice we have.”

Tenant Kathia Lamour claims she offered to pay $1,800 in rent to landlords Calvin and Jean Thompson.Tenant Kathia Lamour claims she offered to pay $1,800 in rent to landlords Calvin and Jean Thompson.

The signs appear to be working: according to Calvin Jr., Kathia Lamour attempted to cut down one of the signs.

“She won’t call Uber in front of the house any longer,” he explained. “She dashes to the end of the block, where they won’t be seen.”

“It’s inconvenient that we have to take these down, but we’re $20,000 in debt, so I think a sign is a little inconvenience.”

Landlords Calvin Thompson and his mother Jean Thompson have owned the two-family property on 175th Street, Queen
Landlords Calvin and Jean Thompson have owned the two-family property on 175th Street since 1989.
Landlords Calvin Thompson and his mother Jean Thompson argued naming and shaming non-paying tenants is the only way to get their overdue bills.
Landlords Calvin Thompson Jr. and his mother Jean Thompson argued naming and shaming non-paying tenants is the only way to get their overdue bills.

According to Calvin Jr., the problems began in July when the Thompsons hiked the rent on the Lamours’ three-bedroom pad from $1,800 to $1,900 per month, the first increase in nine years.

The Lamours were adamant about not paying the 5% increase. According to GovSalaries.com, Kathia works for the city Department of Social Services and earns $46,731. She told The Post that she tried to drop off $1,800 in rent instead of the new amount, but the Thompsons refused, so she stopped paying altogether.

“It’s like we’re awful renters all of a sudden,” Kathia, who has been on unpaid medical leave from her job since the summer, said. “They were duping me into accepting a raise.” They went crazy because I refused to give it to them.”

Calvin Jr. stated, “I don’t think a $100 raise for over a decade of living is unreasonable.” “As a result of COVID, there are a lot of landlords in our predicament.” A large number of eviction cases are pending. She is aware of this and intends to persevere.”

The state’s eviction moratorium, which ended in January, allowed renters who were suffering from the pandemic a lot of leeway, but it left many landlords in the dark. Renters were also able to request a stop to an eviction during the moratorium.

No COVID hardship applications were filed by the Lamours.

Both families live in the same building, with just the floorboards separating them.

Andreas Spiker, the Lamours’ lawyer, said the sign is a form of harassment that will only harm the Thompsons’ case.

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