Lone holdout tenant is obstructing this $70M NYC condominium tower

It’s David and Goliath, Larger West Side model. 

A lone diehard tenant’s refusal to depart his Manhattan residence is stopping a world precise property enchancment funding company from shifting forward on a $70 million residence deal involving his setting up. 

The renter, 52-year-old Ahmet Nejat Ozsu, says he’s legally entitled to proceed dwelling in his residence of 15 years. His new landlord, the Naftali Group, disagrees, and is now suing Ozsu and his lawyer for higher than $25 million in response to their resistance and safety of it. 

“He has a licensed correct to stay on the premises beneath ERAP,” Ozsu’s lawyer, Adam Leitman Bailey, knowledgeable The Submit of New York State’s pandemic-era Emergency Rental Assist Program, beneath which Ozsu is also allowed to dwell throughout the unit for yet another full yr or further. 

“Sadly, the proprietor hasn’t accepted this,” Leitman Bailey continued.

In its place, he talked about, the developer has allegedly put in a loud fan (for the one actual perform of making an irritating din) and a security digicam exterior his door, stripped the bottom of all hearth safety indicators, and employed workers to yell and spit at him when he exits and enters the setting up, all for the one actual perform of making Ozsu’s life at 215 W. 84th St. unbearable. 

“Though he’s knocking down the setting up, he has carried out growth immediately reverse his dwelling each single day,” Leitman Bailey added.

The Naftali Group purchased the 128-apartment setting up for $70 million last June, and whereas they’ve however to file for model new growth permits, native zoning educated and concrete planner George M. Janes instructed the New York Instances a complete demolition adopted by the event of a model new residential tower is the just about undoubtedly state of affairs. 

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“The current circumstance at 215 W. 84th St. represents a holdover situation, the place a singular tenant occupying a market-rate residence has not revered his contractual obligations after his month-to-month lease was lawfully terminated in December of 2021,” Y. David Scharf, the chairman of laws company Morrison Cohen, which is representing the developer, knowledgeable The Submit in a press launch. “Whereas the setting up proprietor respects the rights of tenants, notably as a result of it pertains to the current purposes in place for rental assist in New York Metropolis, that’s totally not the case proper right here.” 

From left, Ahmet Nejat Ozsu and his lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey.
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An industrial-strength fan the developer has put in exterior of Ozsu’s door.
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A security digicam immediately exterior Ozsu’s residence.
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The developer has been doing “every single day” growth on Ozsu’s floor no matter likely plans to demolish the setting up.
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The developer will likely demolish the setting up and assemble a model new residential tower as an alternative.
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Ozsu filed for ERAP after his market-rate, month-to-month lease expired in December, Scharf claimed, noting that Ozsu was not singled out: Every setting up tenant was served a termination uncover. As successfully, Ozsu has been nonresponsive to a proposal of comparable home at a comparable rent for two years and as an alternative biding his time in hopes of receiving a seven-figure payout, Scharf talked about. 

“The current circumstance at 215 W. 84th St. represents a holdover situation, the place a singular tenant occupying a market-rate residence has not revered his contractual obligations after his month-to-month lease was lawfully terminated in December of 2021,” Y. David Scharf, the chairman of laws company Morrison Cohen, which is representing the developer, knowledgeable The Submit in a press launch. “Whereas the setting up proprietor respects the rights of tenants, notably as a result of it pertains to the current purposes in place for rental assist in New York Metropolis, that’s totally not the case proper right here.” 

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Ozsu filed for ERAP after his market-rate, month-to-month lease expired in December, Scharf claimed, noting that Ozsu was not singled out: Every setting up tenant was served a termination uncover. As successfully, Ozsu has been non-responsive to a proposal of comparable home at a comparable rent for two years and as an alternative biding his time in hopes of receiving a seven-figure payout, Scharf supplied on background. 

“I’ve the appropriate to be proper right here,” Ozsu insisted to the Events of he and his 13-year-old boxer-mix Penelope’s occupation of his 700-square-foot, $3,350 top-floor one-bedroom, which boasts a private balcony. “And I’ve no place to go.” 

For years Ozsu labored as a software program program engineer, nevertheless has been unemployed for some time now, and owes roughly $13,600 in once more rent. 

Now, together with the shortage of his job and residence, he’s moreover dealing with a $25 million lawsuit Naftali recently filed in opposition to him. A Naftali lawyer not part of that litigation may be now personally suing Leitman.

“I’ve certainly not gotten that in 27 years,” he knowledgeable The Submit. 

Scharf talked about that go properly with is in response to Leitman showing unethically in path of the setting up householders. 

If the situation sounds ridiculous, even by the insane necessities of New York Metropolis precise property drama, Leitman says, it’s because of it’s: “I largely signify builders. [Ozsu] was helpful to me by a developer who was disgusted that Naftali was making completely different builders look unhealthy.” 

He’s not even personally “a fan” of many tenant security authorized tips handed by the state legislature, “I’m a capitalist,” he proudly declared “nevertheless I’ve to adjust to them, because of they’re New York authorized tips.” 

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Naftali, within the meantime, has “decided that they’re going to skirt them and bully and harass [Ozsu] out of the setting up as an alternative of respecting his correct to dwell there beneath the current authorized tips that exist,” he talked about. “My shopper is mainly sweet and innocent and he’s dwelling in fear.”