Ramapo landlord facing 17 violations no-shows town court appearance

Esty Jeremias is the wife of Jacob Jeremias – the landlord of 118 South Lake St. in Spring Valley where five people died, including two kids, last month from a fire that was caused by electrical problems.

Diane Caruso and Bob Doda

Apr 18, 2023, 10:04 PM

Updated 398 days ago

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Esty Jeremias, a landlord accused of 17 house violations, did not appear Tuesday in Ramapo Town Court for an arraignment.
She is named as the owner of 3 Debaun Place – a property which has been cited by the town for state and local violations. The case was adjourned until June 13.
Town officials said it’s listed as a single-family home, but had 10 people living in it, including in the basement. 
Even though Jeremias was not in court, Ramapo's assistant town attorney told the judge some steps that have been taken to improve the property. Handrails, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have been installed. The tenant in the basement has also been moved out.
Team 12 Investigates: Playing With Fire
No one answered the door Tuesday when News 12 knocked on the door.
Esty Jeremias is the wife of Jacob Jeremias – the landlord of 118 South Lake St. in Spring Valley where five people died, including two kids, last month from a fire that was caused by electrical problems. 
Since then, Rockland's Office of Building and Codes, as well as Rockland Codes Investigations found hundreds of violations for 12 properties owned by the couple.
News 12 also recently reported that the Town of Ramapo filed a complaint in state Supreme Court against Esty to shut down the Debaun rental home until violations are fixed. That is expected to be heard next week.  
If someone does not show up to the next town court date in June, there could be fines issued for each violation, which News 12 is told could be up to $85,000. 


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