Judges tosses “Rent is too damn high” lawsuit

Outspoken ex-candidate will be booted from his St. Mark’s Place apartment in one week

TRD New York /
Jan.January 30, 2015 05:40 PM

Preach as he might, the Rent Is Too Damn High party leader Jimmy McMillan took a hit today when a Brooklyn federal judge dismissed his lawsuit seeking to halt his eviction from a rent-stabilized East Village apartment.

McMillan, a former gubernatorial candidate, claimed his landlord Lisco Holdings was illegally trying to evict him by falsely claiming that he was using his $872 per month rent-stabilized apartment as a second home. McMillan holds that he lives there and uses a second apartment in Brooklyn as an office.

“I’m done… I got one week left and my options are limited,” McMillan told the New York Daily News. “I’m going to start packing up my computers and my suits this weekend. I got money to pay rent but I’m not going to find anything lower than the rent on this place.”

While the judge expressed sympathy, he said there was no basis for McMillan’s claims of extortion, and also said that McMillan failed to allege discrimination though he mentioned that he suffers from PTSD.

McMillan still has a lawyer attempting to get a stay of the eviction order in the state appellate court, but if that fails, he will be evicted on Feb. 5. [NYDN] — Tess Hofmann


Related Articles

Blackstone CEO Steven Schwartzman and Stuyvesant Town (Credit: Getty Images)

After authorities vowed review of Stuy Town deal, Blackstone changes course on vacancies

Real Capital Analytics data showed that New York’s multifamily market had a very slow July. (Credit: iStock)

New NYC rent law “beginning to shut down investment”

Some landlords say they plan to close the door to vacant apartments and wait for the laws to change (Credit: iStock)

Creative ways NYC landlords are getting around the new rent rules

A New York court’s greenlight of a class action against Big City Realty could change the dynamic of class action suits. (Credit: iStock)

“Nightmare” for landlords: Court OK’s class action against Harlem owner

Jay Martin, James Whelan and Joe Strasburg

Rent-pocalypse 2.0: Real estate industry reacts to tenant demands

Nicolai Ouroussoff and Cecily Brown with 125 East 10th Street (Credit: Columbia GSAPP via Flickr, Wikipedia, and StreetEasy)

No criticism here: Nicolai Ouroussoff, Cecily Brown buy E. Village house for $7.75M

Cases to challenge tenant residency have declined since June (Credit: iStock)

More rent-law fallout: Landlords back off “absentee” tenants

10 Hanover Square (Credit: Google Maps)

FiDi landlord violated rent stabilization regs for years: lawsuit