She is the widowed Afghan princess wife of the man known as the 'Last Ottoman Sultan' and is battling eviction from her $390 a month rent controlled Lexington Avenue, Manhattan apartment.
Her Imperial Highness Zeynep Osman, 69, has been asked to vacate the two-story apartment she calls home in the $10.1 million Upper East Side building she has lived in since her marriage to Ertogroul Osman in 1991.
The owner of the building had a court order her evicted, butLike her husband, who would have assumed the throne in Istanbul of the now-defunct Ottoman Empire as Sultan in 1994, Zeynep was expelled from her home in Afghanistan and is refusing to leave because she has 'become accustomed to a certain lifestyle'.
He claims that upon purchasing the property, which has a restaurant on the ground floor, he was given only one lease which dated from 1977 that has expired to become a month-to-month occupancy.
Therefore, he claims he is well within his rights to ask the Afghan princess to leave the rent-controlled home.
However, Zeynep's lawyer, who she retains at the cost of thousands of dollars a month discovered a crucial detail on the eviction notice.
It was addressed to 'E. Osman and G. Osman', or more to the point, the would-be Sultan's first wife, Gulda, who passed away in 1985.
But you can charge them for billable hours.'You can’t evict a dead person,' Maddy Tarnofsky, Zeynep’s lawyer, said....