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Landlord moves to boot Wendy Maitland from EV pad

BHS broker went into contract to buy the unit in March, but allegedly failed to close on purchase

September 07, 2016 11:33AM
By Katherine Clarke

536 East 13th Street in Alphabet City and Wendy Maitland

536 East 13th Street in Alphabet City and Wendy Maitland

Wendy Maitland’s landlord in Alphabet City is moving to get her out after she allegedly failed to close on the purchase of her pad.

The Brown Harris Stevens TRData LogoTINY broker entered contract in March to buy a unit at 536 East 13th Street for about $2 million. After missing an Aug. 29 deadline to close on the unit, Maitland was served with a default and lease termination notice, according to a copy of the notice reviewed by The Real Deal. Maitland, who went into contract on the unit using the entity East Knoll, LLC, has been leasing the apartment for several months until the closing, per an agreement with the developer.

She also allegedly owes more than $30,000 in unpaid rent for the unit, according to documents obtained by TRD.

Maitland’s former firm, Town Residential, had been marketing the new development project when she inked the contract earlier this year. The developers, Hal and Yiannes Einhorn, did not return multiple requests for comment nor did their attorney, Adam Leitman Bailey.

The 1,254-square-foot, two-bedroom unit is one of 11 in the boutique development. Maitland must vacate the property by Sept. 30 or she will face eviction proceedings, according to the lease termination notice. She did not return a request for comment.

“Your landlord will commence an action….to recover possession of the subject premises,” the document states.

Meanwhile, Maitland is still locked in a legal battle with her former employers at Town. She and Town have recently battled over her move to BHS, which Town claims was a violation of her noncompete.

As part of her Town employment agreement, she was paid an annual salary of $600,000 plus a 2 percent share of Town’s quarterly profits, according to a 2014 employment agreement filed as part of the case. Attorneys for Town argued that Maitland had more than enough money to support her family without needing to work for a rival. A screenshot of her JP Morgan Chase bank account from March 10, which was included in Town’s lawsuit, showed a balance in her savings account of $1.54 million.