CPW Towers accuses tenant of “illegal” unit combination

Longtime resident bought adjacent studio in 1998

400 Central Park West
400 Central Park West on the Upper West Side

CPW Towers, the landlord at 400 Central Park West, is suing one of its residents for allegedly combining two apartments at the building without permission.

The Upper West Side building was rent stabilized until 1987, when parts of it were converted to condos.

According to the lawsuit, Josefina Berman, a long time resident of the building, purchased a studio condominium adjacent to her own first-floor, two-bedroom, rent-stabilized unit, back in 1998.

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Apartments at the 414-unit building go for around $2 million and higher, the New York Post reported.

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400 Central Park West

The landlord, who hasn’t been able to inspect the premises, is asking the court to let its representatives inside. It also seeks $85,000 in damages. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg