Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High movement, has been served with an eviction notice for his rent-controlled apartment. According to McMillan, it’s because his landlord wants the rent to be higher.
The firebrand gubernatorial candidate’s landlord claims that the East Village apartment on St. Mark’s isn’t McMillan’s primary residence, so he isn’t eligible for rent-control. But the activist says a Brooklyn residence is only an office and he lives in the Manhattan apartment with his four-year-old son, Jimmy. The New York Daily News reports:
“They don’t have the authority to evict me,” McMillan told the Daily News on Monday .
McMillan’s two-page complaint says landlord Lisco Holdings LLC did not comply with an order from the Housing Court in 2009 to give him a new key after locking him out of the building .
“They never gave me a damn key,” he said, so he obtained a new one on his own.
McMillan says that rent isn’t the issue here, because the landlord won’t even even accept his checks. He claims it is all an effort to clear out the building so the property owners can raise the rates for the whole building. When asked where he’d go if he is indeed forced to leave, the man with the famous mustache said, “I don’t have a clue.”