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Ulsterman one of New York’s ‘worst landlords’

An Ulsterman has been named as one of New York's worst landlords, it has been learned.

Buildings owned by Cavan man Shawn Curry (43) in the Bronx appear at second and fourth place in a name and shame dossier published by a US government watchdog.

One of the buildings, a block of 56 apartments, has been cited for 1,048 separate violations of the New York's housing code, just one infraction less than the building that topped the watchlist.

A second building owned by Belturbet man Mr Curry — a block of 31 apartments — was cited for 684 infractions.

However, Mr Curry has rejected claims that he is a 'slumlord' and said he planned to renovate the buildings, which he bought last April.

The low-profile businessman emigrated to the US in 1989 and has quietly built up a large property portfolio. He now owns around 250 apartments and divides his time between New York, where he spends eight months a year, and a farm he owns near Tralee, Co Kerry.

The watchlist was compiled by the New York Public Advocates Office, which acts as an ombudsman for citizens' complaints.

Mr Curry accepted that the buildings he owned were in poor repair.

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