Montauk squatting dispute ties influencer to Cuomo

Tri-State /
Oct.October 30, 2020 02:45 PM
Marisa Hochberg (Getty)

Marisa Hochberg (Getty)

A lengthy dispute between a Montauk couple and the social media influencer who rented their home this summer is the latest case highlighting what appears to be misuse of coronavirus tenant eviction protections on the pricey East End, according to the New York Times.

After Marisa Hochberg failed to pay the second $14,000 chunk of agreed-upon rent for the home, owned by Cheryl Berman-Schechter and husband Matthew Schechter, Hochberg claimed she was protected under the Tenant Safe Harbor Act signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June. The law protects tenants from evictions during the pandemic but does not absolve them of rent obligations.

As it happens, Hochberg claims to be executive sales director at the wellness website run by the wife of Chris Cuomo, the younger brother of the governor.

The Berman-Schechters took her to court twice but Hochberg did not vacate the house until mid-October — and allegedly still has not paid the back rent. A similar case played out earlier this year involving Manhattan developer Marco Ricotta. [NYT] — Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Google Maps)

Gardiners Bay homeowners sue East Hampton over proposed wall of boulders

Gardiners Bay homeowners sue East Hampton over proposed wall of boulders
Cory Robbins and the Southampton estate (Photos via Wikipedia Commons and OutEast)

Record exec snags Southampton estate for $18.1M

Record exec snags Southampton estate for $18.1M
An aerial of the project site at 1205 Majors Path in North Sea (Photo via Google Maps)

North Sea residents remain opposed to 120-unit condo project

North Sea residents remain opposed to 120-unit condo project
23 Ezekillis Hollow in Sag Harbor (Photos courtesy of Compass)

Year’s most expensive home in Sag Harbor sold for $15M

Year’s most expensive home in Sag Harbor sold for $15M
The unbuilt condominium project in Long Beach (Photo via Google Maps)

Developer nears end of endless Long Beach condo dispute

Developer nears end of endless Long Beach condo dispute
107 S Country Rd (Google Maps)

Developer cuts 76 units from affordable housing proposal in Quiogue

Developer cuts 76 units from affordable housing proposal in Quiogue
Steve Bellone and Richard Amper (Getty, Wikipedia Commons)

Suffolk County gears up for Proposition 2 lawsuit

Suffolk County gears up for Proposition 2 lawsuit
East Hampton, NY (Credit: iStock)

Some Long Island businesses get post-summer boost from pandemic

Some Long Island businesses get post-summer boost from pandemic
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...