New York Times reporter who writes about searching for homes sued for 'stopping paying rent'

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New York Times' location hunting writer Joyce Cohen is SUED for $35,000 by mates who sublet her their flat during the pandemic but assertion she stopped paying $3,000-a-month rent

  • Joyce Cohen writes a fashionable existent property file for The New York Times entitled 'The Hunt'
  • Cohen and her hubby Benjamin Meltzer successful November 2020 sought to determination temporarily from their Upper West Side flat owing to gathering work
  • They agreed with Amit and Jasmine Matta to sublet their flat 2 blocks distant for $2,999 a month, knowing the landlord was not aware
  • When the landlord recovered out, successful August 2021, helium began proceedings to evict the Mattas - Cohen and her hubby retained a lawyer
  • The Mattas assertion that Cohen and Meltzer past stopped paying rent: the mates importune that they person continued to pay, into an escrow account
  • The Mattas sued the mates connected Tuesday successful New York Supreme Court, seeking $35,000 successful backmost wage and accusing them of attempting to extort them 

By Harriet Alexander For

Published: 02:39 BST, 6 August 2022 | Updated: 03:53 BST, 6 August 2022

The New York Times's lodging columnist is being sued by her landlord implicit allegations of $35,000 successful unpaid rent.

Joyce Cohen, who writes the fashionable bid The Hunt, featuring the trials and tribulations of New Yorkers attempting to navigate the city's existent property swamp, was sued connected Tuesday successful New York Supreme Court.

Cohen and her husband, Benjamin Meltzer, are accused of subletting an flat connected the Upper West Side portion their ain location 2 blocks distant was adjacent different being renovated, and past refusing to wage the rent.

The mates took implicit the flat successful November 2020, aft it was advertised connected Craigslist. They were looking for determination quiet, arsenic Cohen suffers from hyperacusis - a information of utmost sensitivity to noise, which forces her to deterioration industrial-grade receptor extortion erstwhile she leaves the home.

The archetypal renters, Amit and Jasmine Matta, moved to different spot they owned arsenic it was much suitable for their girl during the pandemic, and Jasmine was recovering from cancer.

Cohen and Meltzer agreed to wage $2,999 a month, connected the knowing that it was a impermanent statement and that the proprietor of the gathering connected West 72nd Street was unaware it was being sublet.

Joyce Cohen, a lodging reporter, is being sued with her hubby implicit allegations of $35,000 successful unpaid rent

Cohen and her hubby Benjamin Meltzer some endure from hyperacusis, meaning utmost sensitivity to noise. When gathering enactment began adjacent their location they needed to determination temporarily

Cohen is pictured with her cat. The New York Times' lodging newsman is present being sued with her husband, accused of failing to wage rent connected a sublet

When the landlord recovered out, successful August 2021, the Mattas accidental they asked Cohen and Meltzer to determination out, but assertion the mates refused.

'Defendant's behaviour is affluent with irony and hypocrisy since the rent Defendants garbage to wage is little than the existent rental marketplace worth of Plaintiff's Residence,' the Mattas wrote successful the complaint.

The Mattas stress successful their complaint, obtained by Insider, that Cohen and Meltzer displayed extended cognition of the ineligible discourse successful their communications with them, erstwhile discussing however to grip the situation.

Cohen and Meltzer emailed the Mattas and said they needed to get lawyers involved, to forestall the Mattas being evicted, and said they would wage the ineligible fees.

'Hi Amit,' Cohen wrote.

'We work the documents carefully. Your landlord is readying to evict you.

'Anything you pass to the gathering tin and volition beryllium utilized against you, and against us.

'This concern calls for nonrecreational ineligible help. Ben and I are hiring a lawyer. The lawyer should beryllium the lone 1 communicating with the building.

'We volition screen the lawyer's fee.'

The Mattas said that they offered to enactment with Cohen and Meltzer to find a solution, provided that Cohen and Meltzer moved out, but the mates refused to budge.

The gathering connected the Upper West Side is fto by the Mattas, and sublet by Cohen and her husband. Now the Mattas privation the mates to leave

Cohen is pictured retired and astir with her proceeding protection

The Mattas assertion that the brace past stopped paying rent: the mates importune that they 'have been paying rent each along', with the wealth deposited into an escrow account.

The Mattas further importune that Cohen and Meltzer past launched an 'attempt to extort Plaintiffs into paying the Defendants to leave'.

They mention an email from Cohen and Meltzer's lawyer, stating that the mates volition permission if $15,000 successful compensation is paid.

Cohen told Insider she couldn't sermon the lawsuit.

A New York Times typical said the institution was alert of the suit and was looking into it.

'I truly didn't privation to bash this,' Amit Matta told Insider. 'I held connected arsenic acold arsenic possible.'

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