It didn’t take long for the owner of a Brooklyn senior home — who agreed to pay five holdout tenants $3.35 million to scram after a years-long court saga that included accusations of elder abuse — to break yet another promise and miss a $3.1 million lump payment, a lawyer for the elderly tenants said in court Monday.
A lawyer for Prospect Park Residence owner Haysha Deitsch said his client was unable to pay the large installment because the once lavish-facility’s buyer, Sugar Hill Capital Partners, “is not cooperating,” and has yet to shell out any money to the cash-strapped landlord.
Deitsch has already paid two installments to the residents, totaling $250,000, lawyer Frederick Millet told The Post.
The $76 million sale remained at a standstill for two years as the nonagenarians fought Deitsch’s attempts to throw them out — including turning off the AC and serving rotten food — and eventually brought the battle to court.
But now, Sugar Hill may be getting cold feet, the attorney said.
“They feel they have my client over a barrel and can make any agreement they want,” lawyer Joel Drucker whined, referencing Sugar Hill. “They’re trying to rewrite the agreement they made two years ago.”
Such animosity bubbled between the landlord’s lawyers and those for Sugar Hill that a petulant shouting match broke out in the courthouse hallway.
“You are an inappropriate person,” Deitsch’s other attorney Anthony Genovesi yelled at Sugar Hill counsel Joshua Siegel.
“You engage in inappropriate tactics and say inappropriate things. You are not worthy of the respect you seem to demand!” Genovesi spat.
Seigel declined to comment on the sale or the public spat.
But the attorney representing the five diehard remaining tenants said his client’s don’t mind that Deitsch missed the deadline.
“I feel we’re in a good position,” Millet said. “The agreement makes Haysha Deitsch and other members personally liable.”
The remaining residents, who were slotted to move out August 31, now get to stay an extra day per day Deitsch doesn’t produce the hefty payout.