Tribeca renters sued for “putrid” design scheme

TRD New York /
Oct.October 22, 2012 10:00 AM

A Manhattan couple is suing the renters of their luxurious three-bedroom Tribeca apartment for $213,200 in damages, the New York Post reported. Steven and Julie Young purchased the downtown apartment in 2006 for $3.3 million, but after the economic downturn the couple decided to rent out their home.

Enter the renters: Theodore and Patricia Coburn. According to the Post, the Coburns put down a $20,000 deposit, in addition to $15,000 a month in rent in a two-year lease, which forbade alterations to the home. But after moving out, the Youngs discovered “dark saturated colors” painted across the walls, doors, vents, built-in speakers, sprinklers, light fixtures, mirror and window frames and outlet covers, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. 

The suit also alleges that the Coburns added “three-dimensional stripes” to a living room wall and left hundreds of holes in the walls from hanging pictures. “The colors in my apartment are — what’s the word — putrid,” Steven Young said. “Their styles are so eclectic. They had made it like a dungeon.”

The Coburns deny the allegations and have since moved into a nearby apartment. [NYP]Christopher Cameron


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