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Staten Island Couple Says Tenants Who Haven't Paid Rent Since May 2019 Can't Be Kicked Out Due To Eviction Moratorium

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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To date, the Mesheriakovs are out $80,000 in rent owed, not to mention bills and repairs.

Their tenants allegedly haven’t paid rent in a year and a half, but they can’t kick them out, despite lavish parties and neighbors’ complaints.

Renters of the 5,000 square foot home appear to be living a lavish lifestyle, but their landlord says they haven’t paid rent in 18 months and can’t evict them.

“It’s insulting to my family,” landlord Michael Mesheriakov told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.

The Mesheriakovs have another unrelated tenant living in the basement suite in the home who pays her rent on time.

Under the current law, tenants can sign a form saying they’re experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 and they are protected from eviction until May 1, 2021.

“Welcome to my nightmare because I see this tens of thousands of times,” landlord/tenant attorney Robert Rosenblatt said.

When you protect the tenants, you hurt the landlords. ”

The Mesheriakovs are now filing their fourth eviction motion in court, hoping there’s an exception to the state’s rules, which they say are being abused.

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