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Lawsuit challenges man’s $10-a-month, 50-year lease

The West Village resident claims the spectacular lease was a gift from the previous owner
November 09, 2014 12:00PM

West Village resident Jud Parker has, without a doubt, the best lease in the city. In 2009, Parker got a West Village landlord to sign a lease basically gifting him a duplex apartment on Minetta Street for $10 a month — for the 50 next years. But now, the building’s new landlord is challenging the deal.

Landlord Pari Dulac is claims the former owner, who died in 2010, had dementia when the lease was signed, according to the New York Post.

“When I saw the lease, I couldn’t believe it,” Dulac told the Post. “I thought it was a joke.”

Wilfred Schuman owned a pair of three-story town houses at 12 and 14 Minetta Street since 1993. Just one year before his death, Parker and girlfriend Stefanie Tyler signed the incredible lease on a 1,400-square-foot apartment at 14 Minetta Street, which features two bedrooms, a back yard and, best of all, a 10-year renewal option.

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday, Dulac claims Parker swindled Schuman, who was in his 70s. He also claims that Parker quickly began subleasing the apartment for $2,500 a month.

Dulac paid $2.75 million for the building and believes she could rent Parker’s unit for $6,000 a month.

However, Parker claims the lease was a gift from the dying man.

“I was a surrogate son. I took care of him my whole life,” Parker said. “[Dulac] wants me out because she’s greedy.” [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    $800/month for a bedroom in Fordham Heights – I’d like to know how much the rent is for the tenant of record – I highly doubt anyone is going to bust a tenant because OFFICIALLY in NYC only – a tenant can overcharge or profiteer but a landlord who actually has to pay the bills is a “Greedy Slumlord.”

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    It could have been stress/fear-induced dementia – if you have a tenant looming over you and ordering you to do something or threatening their sons in Hong Kong will come and teach you a lesson if you don’t, you are going to be an “A” Number One ballchucker.

    or it could be even simpler:

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    Why doesn’t the press report on the lowest rents in each rent regulated building?

    Iirc, our building the lowest rent is 192 for a one bedroom. I bet the British press would love to reprint that article.

    Why don’t the advocates argue that Jud Parker’s rent is fair and reasonable and due a rent freeze? Who is he anyway? Is he a disabled veteran? Elderly? A victim of violent crime? Working Poor?

  • FlipOutNYC

    Pari Dulac couldn’t believe it that she got the house for cheap price either. Didn’t her attorney look at all the leases of the renters before she signed on the dot line? she plays naive

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      I think there are cases where they don’t have to show you.

      • BubbaJoe123

        If they won’t show you the rent roll, that’s valuable information in and of itself. Only an idiot would buy a business when the seller refused to show the most basic of financials. Dulac clearly knew about this situation, and thought/thinks she can win in the courts.

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          nowhere in the article does it tell you whether she knew

          • BubbaJoe123

            So, the possibilities are:
            (a) she knew, and thinks/thought she could get it thrown out in court, or
            (b) she’s a complete drooling idiot, as is her lawyer
            I’m betting on A.

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          it’s how a lot of business transactions used to be done
          some people are very stingy and won’t give you copies of stuff even though you paid them money for their property and as an act of righteousness you should give them copies – but I know that one Chiense landlord actually got sued by a nonChinese buyer for bad paperwork after the transaction in recent years

          when I left a temp job, I wrote out what someone would need to know to do my job so there was no time lost or a learning gap – I know one guy who fills in his nail holes and patch paints so he leaves his apartment in better than broom clean when he leaves it – I don’t need other people to do that for me – but that’s the kind of person I would want to be.

  • DarkStarAz

    I’m with the new owner on this one

  • John_Citezano

    She is greedy? She is greedy? This bastard (Parker) swindled the former owner or may have even forged the signature on the lease and he has the balls to do some name calling?

    • maya

      How do you know? You don’t know what happened between the tenant and original landlord.

  • New Man

    i seem to remember seeing the rent roll on a building recently listing one rent-control tenant at less than $100 a month.

  • informedtenant

    This guy is not rent stabilized or rent controlled, its just a low lease. Landlord will win.