Poor Jimmy McMillan is getting kicked out of his crib to make room for people who want to pay more scrilla for his East Village apartment in NYC:
The man who ran for governor because the “Rent is Too Damn High” claims he’s being kicked out of his Manhattan apartment — because the rent is too damn low! Jimmy McMillan says he pays $872.96 for a rent-controlled ground-floor apartment on St. Marks Place in the East Village — which he’s had since the late-1970s, when the rent was around $275.
But the man who founded the tenants-rights party says his landlords are giving him the boot so they can pull in way more dough.
“I’ve been here since 1977, and they want more money!” McMillan says. “It’s about ‘My Rent is Too Damn Low.’ ” So McMillan, easily recognizable with his trademark white wraparound moustache and goatee, now has a new crusade — waging a legal battle to keep the hipster-haven apartment he shares with his adult son — a mission that meshes well with the credo of his populist political party.
“Maybe the landlord doesn’t know, but he can’t bulldog me because I know the law,” McMillan vowed in Downtown Brooklyn yesterday. The building’s owner, Lisco Holdings, claims in court documents that McMillan has violated his lease because he doesn’t really live in the East Village apartment — he actually lives in Brooklyn.
“This is a case where the landlord alleges that it’s not the tenant’s primary residence,” said Robert Goldstein, an attorney representing the firm that owns the building. But McMillan now insists that the Brooklyn address is where he maintains an office and it doubles as the headquarters of the Rent is Too Damn High Party.
The landlord’s claim is nothing more than a subterfuge for kicking him out and renting the apartment to a new tenant at a higher price, McMillan maintains. “It’s a trick they all play. I’m not going to let them get away with it. You don’t tell an American how to live,” McMillan said.