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A 20-Year Eviction Struggle at 106 Rivington Street
A purported “restaurant” isn’t the only drama currently transpiring at 106 Rivington Street. There is an eviction battle here and it’s been going on since the late 1980s. This is legalese heavy, so we did our best to layman it out for you.
Tenant Tyler Kim first moved here in the early 80s.
By 1987, he deemed himself a rent regulated tenant (for various reasons) and while the building owners, 106 Rivington Street Corporation, objected, the housing court agreed:
Faced with eviction that same year, Kim decided to alter his story in court saying that he was not a rent-regulated tenant. The strategy here being that he’d be offered a one year lease and the owners would drop the eviction case:When 106 Rivington Street Corporation went into foreclosure they stipulated that their mortgagee give Kim his one year lease:
Following the sale of building to K.Y.W. Enterprise Corp in 1988, it appears that that agreement was never relayed to the new owners and Kim went on to live, in his mind, rent-stabilized:
Now here we are at the end of 2012 and K.Y.W. wants Tyler Kim out.
Motions, cross motions, hearings, more motions: the attorney for the K.Y.W. is an absolute mess.
The court transcripts read as him fumbling, saying “I don’t know” more than once. Not to mention this fine bit:
As for Mr. Kim:
There have been ten agency proceedings against him in recent history and we want to know why?
K.Y.W is the “petitioner” in the following; the point of view is of Mr. Kim:
That is excessive.
Why does K.Y.W. want him out so badly?
We’ve pored through a zip file of case documents. Our eyes hurt. Our brains hurt. And now you have a decision to make, readers.
Team Kim or Team K.Y.W.?
*(The man has been there since the 80s, were it me I might cut him a break because talk about wasting tax payer dollars…just sayin’.)
Oh, hey, before you go, one more thing to make you go hmm; take a look at this and see if something is glaringly strange to you:
To be continued…