Landlord suing Jay Z’s business partner over unpaid rent

Juan Perez was the guarantor for a five year lease at 115 West 27th St.

New York /
May.May 30, 2017 04:55 PM

The owner of a Chelsea recording studio is suing one of Jay Z’s business partners, claiming he’s liable for unpaid rent and damage to the property.

Juan Perez, the president of Jay Z’s sports management company Roc Nation Sports, agreed to guarantee a five-year lease at 115 West 27th Street for Roc the Mic LLC in 2012, the New York Post reported. However, according to a new suit filed by landlord Joel Berman in Manhattan Supreme Court, Roc the Mic has not paid rent since 2015.

Berman is also accusing the tenants of putting holes in the ceiling and leaving dangling wires and a pool table at the fifth-floor space, where Beyoncé, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Jay Z have recorded music. Berman is seeking $500,000 in damages, according to the newspaper.

“They basically trashed the place and left a lot of junk behind,” Berman’s lawyer Gil Santamarina told the Post. “Joel has been unable to re-rent the space, in part because of the condition in which it was left.” Jay Z and Beyonce own an apartment at 195 Hudson Street. [NYP]Miriam Hall 


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