Jimmy McMillan, the “Rent is Too Damn High” former gubernatorial candidate, is being kicked out of his rent-controlled apartment on St. Marks Place in the East Village, the New York Post reported. McMillan claims he pays $872.96 per month for the apartment, which he moved into in the late 1970s.
“I’ve been here since 1977, and they want more money!” McMillan said. “It’s about ‘My Rent is Too Damn Low.’”
McMillan is now mounting a legal battle to keep the apartment.
“Maybe the landlord doesn’t know, but he can’t bulldog me because I know the law,” McMillan said. “I told [my attorney] to file a counter-claim for $70,000.”
The case is now pending in Housing Court.
The building’s owner, Lisco Holdings, claims that McMillan has violated his lease because the East Village apartment is not his primary residence — he actually lives in Brooklyn.
“This is a case where the landlord alleges that it’s not the tenant’s primary residence,” said Robert Goldstein, an attorney representing Lisco. [Post]