Landlord charged rent after Manhattan CEO’s tragic plane crash death: suit

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A Manhattan landlord continued to charge a CEO $17,000 a month in rent — even in the months when he and his two young sons were killed in a plane crash, new court papers allege.

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According to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed by her parents, Deborah and Stuart Blumin, monthly payments for the expensive East 13 Street penthouse were automatically withdrawn from Jennifer Blumin’s account following the family’s sudden death in 2017.

The Blumins are accusing landlord Steven Gould and company Keeland NY LLC of collecting three months’ rent and refusing to return the money.

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Jennifer went missing with her sons Phineas “Finn” Ramsey, 4, and Theodore “Theo” Ramsey, 3, and boyfriend Nathan Ulrich on May 15, 2017, while the four boarded a small twin-engined plane from Puerto Rico to Florida. were taking flight. Their bodies were never found, but a day later the wreckage of the plane was found off the coast of the Bahamas.

When Gould heard the news of her tenant’s death, she told her parents that the lease had been revoked and asked to remove all of their daughter’s belongings “as soon as possible,” according to the suit from Monday. .

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Court papers say the penthouse was cleared on June 13 of that year.

Jennifer went missing while on board a small plane with her two sons and boyfriend (not pictured).
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But rent payments were automatically withdrawn from Blumin’s account in June, July and August, the filing alleges.

The parents asked Gold for a refund of the first month’s rent, security deposit and three months’ automatic payment, but he refused to refund the $85,000, claiming it was due to his earlier promise to cancel. Despite being due for the entire lease, the suit claims.

The suit claims that the lease was due to expire on April 30, 2018, nearly a year after Blumin’s death.

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Jennifer Bumin’s parents, Deborah and Stuart, are accusing landlord Steven Gould and the company Keeland NY LLC of collecting three months’ rent.
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And while Gold was receiving rent payments, he used the space to host private events such as photo shoots, weddings, and illegally rented it out on a short-term basis, the suit claims.

Court records show Gold was sued by condominiums in 2019 for alleged illegal use of space. That matter was settled later that year.

“This is an action against a landlord who unjustly profited from the death of an entire family,” the suit alleges.

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Steven Gould claimed he was owed the entire lease despite his earlier promise to cancel it after Jennifer Blumin’s death.
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“We think the landlord’s actions are appalling,” Stuart and Deborah told The Post in a joint statement.

Gold did not immediately return a request for comment.

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