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Furniture Showroom on Madison Avenue Triggers Million Dollar Rent Lawsuit in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 17 –   Dorian New York LLC signed a lease for a high-end furniture showroom space at 105 Madison Avenue, for half a million dollars a year, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

 They have not paid, and they are being sued for 10 years' rent.   

  On December 17 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 The landlord's lawyer made it sound simple: Dorian had put up their sign, then reneged.

But Dorian's lawyer said the landlord had not made agreed improvements to the space, specifically to its mezzanine, and that his client never got the key and took possession. 

 Judge Ramos asked if it was fair to not pay rent because of COVID.

Dorian's lawyer pointed to the failure to make improvements, a sort of you snooze, you lose defense. The landlord says the improvements were not a condition precedent for the payment of rent.

The case is A&R Real Estate, Inc. v. Dorian New York LLC et al., 20-cv-6976 (Ramos)


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