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Emily Ratajkowski is getting paid to leave.
The model and her movie producer-actor husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, who’s worth an estimated $12 million, allegedly skipped out on $160,000 in rent over the course of two years at their Manhattan home, citing protections under the Loft Law.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D.-NY, in June signed onto an expansion of that legislation, which was enacted in 1982 during a fiscal crisis that left many manufacturing buildings empty. When artists and others looking for live-and-work areas later occupied those spaces, the law ordered landlords to adhere to appropriate residential safety codes.
Court documents allege Ratajkowski and Bear-McClar stopped paying in 2017 when they filed an application to register their unit under the law, meaning they would not be evicted while the application was pending. The couple “utilized delay tactics while that application was being processed, not paying rent,” landlord Antoni Ghosh claimed in the papers.
Rogers Investments Properties, which owns the place, paid the couple to vacate in October, per a report in the New York Post. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business, and the payment amount was not disclosed.
The report said the couple began renting the unit in 2013 for $4,200 a month before it eventually climbed to $4,900, more than two and a half times the median rent in the Big Apple and roughly three times that of the U.S. national median.
Ghosh, who doesn’t own the building but rents and sublets rooms, wants $250,000 in damages. Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard since bought a $2 million spot in Los Angeles.