Jimmy McMillan, ‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Candidate, Faces Eviction

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Is the rent too damn low?

Jimmy McMillan, the man who ran for New York governor because “the rent is too damn high,” claims he’s being kicked out of his rent-controlled Manhattan apartment so his landlord can charge a new tenant more money.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks finds out what New Yorkers think

McMillan tells the New York Post he pays $872 for his digs on St. Marks Place in the East Village — which he’s had since the late 1970s.

McMillan, who spiraled to national fame following a wild gubernatorial debate and is now planning a run for president, has told his lawyer to file a counter claim for $70,000.

Lisco Holdings, the building’s owner, said in court papers McMillan violated his lease agreement because he actually lives in Brooklyn, according to the Post. As per rent-controlled rules, the East Village apartment should be his primary residence.

His son currently lives at the apartment on St. Marks Place.

McMillan insists the apartment is his office, and that he’s staying.

The matter is now in Housing Court.

What do you think of the situation? Sound off below…

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  • TJ

    Just because Osama Bahama or whatever his name is “did it”, doesn’t mean you can too BUCKWHEAT. You and Al Sharpton should go color in your coloring books together quietly in the corner. Both a bunch of idiots. President though, President? REALLY? I don’t think so.

  • Paul

    Al Sharpton should hire this guy to stand next to him at speeches and public events, because when he stands to this guy, Sharpton comes across as less of a clown. It’s all relative, I guess.

  • JB

    He is probably sub letting the apartment for $1750 a month. I am no fan of landlords…but should the landloard pay for that. Be happy in Brooklyn my friendand quit trying to game the system!!! Peace and love.

  • HooDatIS?

    this is terrible they gone evict fredrick douglas he should move to missouri for 872 a month he can get a 4 bedroom home with a guard
    wow the rent is too damn high

  • Bell Toller

    He pays $872 rent in the East Village and complains the rent is too high?

  • Mr T

    I pity the fool who pays too much rent.

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