Movie star chef Madison Cowan is in a serious pickle with his Brooklyn landlord.
The British-born previous champ of the Foods Network’s “Chopped” and “Iron Chef” contests owes 28 months in back hire to the tune of $73,700 on a a person-bed room Boerum Hill condominium he and his relatives have occupied given that Oct 2019, his landlord Gus Sheha claims.
Sheha instructed The Article Cowan – whose web page notes he’s catered posh activities for former President Monthly bill Clinton, actress Scarlett Johansson and other A-listers — hasn’t compensated a cent of his rent considering the fact that January 2020. The month-to-month hire ranged from $2,700 to $2,750 more than the length of his now-expired two-yr lease.
Cowan took benefit of a pandemic-driven, point out moratorium on evictions that stretched from March 2020 by way of Jan. 15, Sheha suggests, insisting his tenant has the implies to shell out his bills and is seeking to “beat the procedure.”
“He leaves his residence sporting a unique fur every single day,” mentioned Sheha. “How broke can he be? If there was no COVID-19, I would have taken him to court docket two many years ago to get him evicted.”
When the eviction moratorium was lifted in January, Sheha’s law firm sent Cowan and his relatives a “90-day notice” informing them they need to be out May perhaps 1 or the landlord would begin eviction proceedings.
Sheha claimed Cowan has nonetheless to however to reply. He extra that the housing court docket procedure is so backlogged that he expects to hold out at minimum a further yr prior to the case is listened to although Cowan proceeds to live in Sheha’s Point out Avenue setting up rent-free.
Cowan did not return messages.
Having said that, Sheha shared an Aug. 31 email involving the two in which Cowan stated the pandemic “negatively affect[ed]” his “income and bottom line.”
He also mentioned he’s “willing to do [his] part” to aid Sheha get his rent paid as a result of a condition rental aid method, but Sheha questioned why Cowan waited right up until final June to implement.