London, Sept 30 : A freaky landlord in New York came up with a rather sick idea of getting rid of his tenants-putting dead cats in one of the building's flats.
Following the sickening move, tenants of the building are suing the landlord.
The residents of the apartment building in Bushwick, Brooklyn, have claimed that the stench was so bad that they had to hold their noses when they passed through the communal stairs.
"It was so bad, we thought it was a dead body," Telegraph quoted Daisy Terry, one of the tenants, as saying.
After several weeks, when the smell started to waft around the building, the New York housing inspectors were called in to look into the issue.
After investigation, it actually turned out to be a bag of dead, rotting cats lying in a vacant ground floor flat.
With the support of the members of the city council, the rent-stabilised tenants are now suing a property company, Heskel 1, which bought the property last year.
The tenants have also alleged that the company even removed the stairs leading to the basement and filled hallways with rubbish after they refused to accept money to move out so the building could be redeveloped.
However, the landlord has refused to comment on the issue.
According to Christine Quinn, the New York City Council Speaker, such cases were "happening all over our city and we must ensure wronged tenants have the right to confront their harassers in court".