Residents of a Philadelphia luxury building owned by international rap star Jay-Z claim that they are being harassed by the mogul’s legal team, so that they will ultimately vacate the premises.
According to FoxNews, Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, is a co-owner of the company SCC North American Realty, LLC, which owns and operates a 24 unit condominium complex, which was purchased January of 2009.
Several tenants contacted FoxNews to complain about the treatment they have been receiving, claiming that they are being forced out of their apartments, with frivolous lawsuits, and other harassment tactics.
“The whole thing has been so unsettling,” a former tenant named Liza Tedeschi told FoxNews.com. “I’ve been in tears over this…They filed a lawsuit against me knowing that I had paid the rent. The lawyer admitted it to me, yet they still filed the lawsuit against me…It’s total and utter harassment.”
Tedeschi told FoxNews that Jay-Z’s real estate company even gave out the personal cell phone numbers of tenants to realtors to show off apartments that are not even up for sale.
According to residents, Jay-Z’s ultimate goal is to evict all of the tenants from the property and it seems to be working – 15 tenants have left the building since May.
The tenants in the building became so angry that they called Pennsylvania Sen. Larry Farnese, who sent Jay-Z’s lawyer a letter, on August 12th.
Sen. Farnese expressed concern over the treatment of the residents in the letter.
“He expressed his concern about what was happening in the building and asked that the management thoroughly investigate each complaint and handle each tenant on a case-by-case basis, and determine if eviction was appropriate, or if it was not,” Senator Farnese’s Communications Director, Kathie Abookire, revealed. “The latest that we heard is that Liza was issued a stay while the matter was investigated further. Our concern is for the tenant, that they’re being treated properly, fairly and in accordance with the law. The owner of the building is immaterial. The fact that someone may be famous is not our concern.”