Tenant who evicted cancer-stricken subletter faces eviction
by Jennifer Gould, Ross Toback and Julia Marsh
July 9, 2016
New York Post
A greedy tenant in a rent-stabilized East Village apartment owned by Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to kick her cancer-stricken subletter to the curb — but now she’s the one facing eviction.
Retired teacher Joy Keithline sublet her $600-a-month East Fourth Street studio to Jeanne DiCarlo for $1,000 a month starting in 2012, court records state.
Meanwhile, Keithline was living at her primary residence — a two-bedroom home near a lake in upstate New York, records show.
She also owns a $400,000 Staten Island house and a $117,000 Florida rental property, court papers say.
Keithline made a hefty 67 percent profit off the scheme until March when she sued to evict her subtenant — the day DiCarlo was scheduled for breast-cancer surgery. “It was horrible,” said DiCarlo, 61. “I had to cancel my surgeries.”
The unemployed screenwriter says she doesn’t know why Keithline, 59, wanted her out, but guessed that Keithline had been looking for a buyout from Kushner, who purchased the building in 2013.
Keithline, 59, also claimed in Manhattan Housing Court papers that she was the landlord, records show.
“This lady is so entitled,” DiCarlo fumed. “I’ve never met anyone quite like her.”
Once she was caught in the alleged lie Keithline refiled the case admitting she was a tenant and saying that DiCarlo was her roommate.
Though the state authority that regulates rents fined Keithline $25,000 for overcharging DiCarlo, Manhattan Housing Judge Michelle Schreiber still ordered the eviction because she didn’t have a lease.
Keithline and her attorney did not respond to messages for comment.
DiCarlo lost an emergency appeal Friday for a stay of her eviction, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
But after The Post called Kushner’s lawyer, his company said DiCarlo is the victim and Keithline should get the boot.
“Ms. Keithline’s deplorable actions have no place in our building,” said James Yolles, a spokesman for Kushner Companies. “We are outraged that Ms. DiCarlo was being taken advantage of. We’re working swiftly not only to remove Ms. Keithline through the legal process, but also to ensure that Ms. DiCarlo can live in the unit.”
“This is such a blessing. I can’t believe what you guys did for me,” DiCarlo told The Post.