March 3, 2016 Staff Report
An Astoria real estate office infamous for its apparently shady business practices was closed by court order last month and is now available for rent.
The 950-square-foot storefront at 32-05 31st Ave. is available for $3,500 per month, according to a posting on Craigslist.
The office was closed when the Astoria Post visited on Thursday. In the window, a court order was posted noting that the landlord had taken possession of the ground-floor space.
Last year, PIX 11 investigated a complaint from two renters that Astoria First stole $5,000 for a fraudulent apartment deposit, which Astoria First then returned.
Meanwhile, nearly a dozen customers have taken to Yelp to excoriate the business for other alleged scams and poor service.
Pix11 Report, May 2015