What's in an initial? Free (nearly) rent for life at the commoner's expense
, in NYC (of course);
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,
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.
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'.
The owner of the building had a court order her evicted, but
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.
Zeynep's lawyer, who she retains at the cost of thousands of dollars a
month discovered a crucial detail on the eviction notice.
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.
'You can’t evict a dead person,' Maddy Tarnofsky, Zeynep’s lawyer, said....
But you can charge them for billable hours.
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