NEW YORK (AP) - Bianca Jagger
has been evicted from her rent-stabilized Park Avenue apartment after several years of quarreling with her landlord over claims of toxic mold and questions about her residency, her lawyer said.
After a recent appeals court ruling against her, Jagger knew the eviction was coming. She found out from a neighbor's phone call that a sheriff had arrived Wednesday to move her possessions to storage, lawyer Daniel Bryson said.
''This is an absolute travesty,'' he said.
A lawyer for landlord Katz Park Avenue Corp. didn't immediately return a telephone call early Thursday.
Lawyers for the 62-year-old Jagger, who was married to rocker Mick Jagger
, have maintained that Katz evicted her as payback. She sued the landlord in 2003, claiming mold had made her sick and the apartment unlivable.
But Katz argued that the 18th-floor apartment couldn't be Jagger's primary residence - a requirement for occupying a rent-stabilized unit - since she was in the U.S. on a tourist visa that required her to show that she intended to leave after a temporary stay. The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division agreed in October, noting that Jagger, who is a British citizen, keeps at least one luxury apartment in London.
The actress-turned-activist has been a tenant in the Upper East Side apartment for 20 years. Under the complex rent regulation laws, evicting her may allow the landlord to raise the $4,600-a-month rent substantially.
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