Brooklyn Paper has some updates about the ongoing saga of Prospect Park Residence, the assisted living facility which landlord Haysha Deitsch has been trying to sell since last year. Dietsch's attempts to get rid of the seniors who live in the facility have included telling them they had 90 days to vacate (which worked on most, but prompted a lawsuit from the remaining ones), refusing to turn on the building's air conditioning, raising the rents, and handing them eviction notices when they refused to pay the increased rents. Kings County Supreme Court Judge Wayne Saitta ruled on June 30 that Deitsch could not kick out the seniors while the lawsuit was ongoing, and the seniors' lawyers say that they will continue to pay the original rates in the meantime. Dietsch's lawyer, Joel Drucker, on the other hand, claims that since there are so few residents left in the facility, the remaining ones should have to pay more rent, asking, "Is it unreasonable under those circumstances to raise the fees a little bit? One might argue they should be paying for the cost of having the facility open." And with that, we have a new Most Outrageous Thing that one Dietsch's lawyers have said.
3) "If you believe everything in the Berger complaint, you know the purchasers knew my clients are terrible people."
2) "There's nothing in the social services law, the public health law and the residency agreement that requires air conditioning in the building."
1) "Is it unreasonable under those circumstances to raise the fees a little bit? One might argue they should be paying for the cost of having the facility open."
· P'Park Residence raised fees, tried to evict seniors amid court battle [Brooklyn Paper]
· Prospect Park Residence coverage [Curbed]