A chiropractor and his spouse who’re regulars on the Hamptons social scene are breaking their Manhattan landlord’s again — failing to pay $349,000 in lease on a fancy Higher East Facet townhouse, in response to court docket paperwork.
Darren Pollack and Sharon Russo first rented the $5 million East 84th Road house simply blocks from Gracie Mansion in November 2019, agreeing to shell out $19,000 a month throughout a two-year lease.
However the couple, who personal a $2 million Southampton home and ship their two children to a $56,000-a-year Manhattan prep faculty, stopped paying the lease as soon as the pandemic hit in March 2020, claims landlord Morris Gad, a well known diamond seller.
Gad, who purchased the 1890 row home as an funding together with his grownup kids Michael Gad and Sara Tsur, stated he tried to work with the Pollacks — who court docket information present have been accused of stiffing one other landlord, fellow chiropractors and even American Specific.
Confronted with their very own bills from the property, together with $31,000 in tax payments, the landlords provided to cut back the lease to only $10,000 a month for the three,300-square-foot, four-bedroom house, which options 3.5 baths, a chef’s kitchen and a backyard.
However the Pollacks, who claimed their Dasha Wellness spa and occasion area at Park Avenue and East 57th Road was “destroyed” by coronavirus shutdowns, by no means signed the settlement to cement the cheaper charge and stopped paying altogether as soon as the Gads sued them in October 2020 for the full lease, the landlords cost.
“Not solely is he bilking them and residing rent-free, however thumbing his nostril at them,” stated lawyer Christina Smyth, who reps the Gads.
The chiropractor claims via a lawyer that he honored the brand new deal for a decreased lease till the Gads “despicably” sued, stated Pollack lawyer Gregory Skiff, including the Gads “pretended just like the settlement to cut back the lease by no means occurred.”
Pollack has additionally shelled out hundreds for repairs to a backed-up sewer line and new molding to maintain out mice. They paid $7,773 for drapes, in response to court docket papers.
Any repairs the Pollacks requested have been made straight away, the landlords instructed The Publish.
With New York’s pandemic-inspired eviction moratorium in place till Jan. 15, the Pollacks have merely stayed put, failing to pay and refusing to depart.
However that hasn’t stopped the pair from spending time within the Hamptons, touring to Florida, and giving a big donation to a Lengthy Island charity occasion, in response to social media.
“They’re abusing the system,” Smyth noticed.
Gad even provided to forgive the overdue lease if the Pollacks moved out, however the couple desires to attend till June 2022 – after faculty is finished.
The Pollacks are not any strangers to monetary disputes.
Dasha Wellness bought $107,000 in pandemic loans to pay its workers at their wellness area at 115 E. 57th St., whereas allegedly failing to pay their firm’s landlord greater than $142,000 at Dasha’s 28 W. forty fourth St. location, court docket and authorities information present.
Pollack has additionally been sued by two former chiropractic colleagues who have accused him in court docket papers of taking additional funds — with one successful a judgment for greater than $50,000. And in July 2016, American Specific sued Pollack for a $94,269 debt.