Mitchell Donian, 87 years old, called George Capsis on May 30, extremely upset.
After living at 204-210 West 10th Street for 60 years, his landlord, Village Rose LLC, an absentee landlord, was threatening him with eviction because his apartment was cluttered.
George said: “call Arthur, he will help you.” So Mitch, who I have known for many years, called my office. We made a time to come in. When he arrived he had already been served with a “Holdover” petition, returnable in Housing Court on June 28. The non-profit of which I am President, Advocates for Justice, answered the petition. Mitch had photos showing that he had a full bookshelf (which the landlord had photographed through an open door), but that the apartment was clean and fully accessible, even to an 87 year old, and attorney Rich Soto appeared with him on the 28th. A furious back and forth went on all morning, and the Judge set a trial for 2pm.
Mitch told Attorney Soto that he really intended to move out of NYC by the end of the summer, to an upstate abode he owned, and that Soto should negotiate a buyout if he could. So they negotiated. The eviction action was withdrawn, Mitchell got a nice buyout, and he will spend his summer in New York hassle-free. We will miss him.
—Arthur Z. Schwartz