Real estate giant Douglas Elliman is offering its own high-profile attorneys to help an elderly Upper West Side couple fire a “roommate from hell” who recently worked for the company.
After The Post exclusively reported how alleged moocher Lawrence Lee made life miserable for Eugene and Nina Sarver — by taking over their West 97th Street apartment and using legal loopholes to avoid paying a year’s rent — the Sarvers delighted with Douglas Elliman’s response.
Following last week’s report, Douglas Elliman also said Lee, 30, is no longer with the company and agreed to pay $12,518 to Eugene, 78, who uses a wheelchair and has severe Parkinson’s, who he apparently owes rent and utilities Nina, 74, has dementia.
“We are very pleased that Douglas Elliman has taken this very seriously and turned to us for help,” said Eugene Sarver. “And we’re also very glad they got rid of Lawrence so quickly.”
The Sarvers began renting Lee a room for $992 a month two years ago. They claim Lee is physically and verbally abusive, a serial eavesdropper, and a dirty pig whose poor hygiene habits bring rodents and other vermin into the home.
The couple say they were so stressed out by the experience that they’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past year with heart problems and other ailments while trying to evict Lee from the house.
The couple now resides 10 miles away in a Bronx nursing home, while Lee has free reign over his rent-subsidized three-bedroom, two-bathroom bargain that costs $2,200 a month and includes exclusive office space — all while continuing to pay bills pay so as not to lose the apartment.
Lee’s eviction proceedings were stayed last year because, according to records, he repeatedly applied for aid under the state’s emergency rent-aid program.
By law, he cannot be evicted from the home while appeals are pending – although records provided by the Sarvers show he has been turned down on multiple occasions and simply continues to circumvent the system by reapplying for assistance.
The Sarver’s lawyer, Dustin Bowman, said he welcomed the support of Douglas Elliman’s lawyers and credited the report with The Post for helping “quickly” bring his clients “immediate relief”.
Lee didn’t return any messages.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/02/douglas-elliman-helping-rid-elderly-couple-of-roommate-from-hell/ Douglas Elliman helps rescue elderly couple from ‘roommates from hell’