Larry Gluck hit with $5B lawsuit by disabled tenant

Plaintiff claims landlord is abusing rent-stabilized tenants by refusing repairs

The Windemere at 666 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side (inset: Laurence Gluck)
The Windemere at 666 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side (inset: Laurence Gluck)

Stellar Management’s Larry Gluck is being hit with a $5 billion lawsuit by a disabled, rent-stabilized tenant, who alleges that the landlord is deliberately letting his Upper West Side apartment building fall into a ghastly state.

Harold Hirsch,  who suffers from paralysis, says in the suit that the 367-unit building at 666 West End Avenue where he has lived for 31 years is now coated in lead paint and asbestos as the result of a gut renovation. Additionally, the suit says water damage has caused toxic mold to build up in his bathroom and kitchen, the New York Post reported.

Hirsch pays $574 a month for his studio apartment in the building, and believes that Gluck is trying to push out rent-stabilized tenants to make room for luxury apartments. Stellar has recently been criticized for segregating building amenities and only allowing market-rate tenants access to a pool and yoga room.

[vision_pullquote style=”1″ align=””] “I”m going to be honest… $5 billion is a lowball. I’m expecting the jury to flip this to $20 to 25 billion before we’re done. [/vision_pullquote]

Hirsch is also suing Cammeby International’s Rubin Schron, though a spokesperson for Schron said that he is not an investor in the building and is expected to be dropped from the suit.

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“I”m going to be honest,” said Hirsch. “$5 billion is a lowball. I’m expecting the jury to flip this to $20 to 25 billion before we’re done.”

Gluck is no stranger to tenant litigation. In August, tenants at another Stellar Management-owned building accused the landlord of harassment. In September, Gluck sued the architect of his Hamptons home for allegedly botching the construction. [NYP] — Tess Hofmann