Peruvian banking billionaire Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor won a refund of a $2.75 million penthouse deposit, with the judge agreeing that the co-op board acted out of turn.
Rodriguez-Pastor made the deposit on a $27.5 million penthouse at 1107 Fifth Avenue, but withdrew his accepted offer after learning that the co-op board planned to designate his penthouse roof as a common area that other residents would be allowed to walk through, the New York Post reported. The new designation went against his contract terms.
“The lingering specter of a co-op board’s refusal to comply with the governing document’s provision regarding the owner’s right to exclusive access … would make any reasonable purchaser uneasy,” a Manhattan appeals court judge wrote.
Last year, a lower court judge ruled that Rodriguez-Pastor would have to forfeit his deposit.