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Jimmy McMillan, photographed during a Fox Business Network appearance last year.
Jimmy McMillan, photographed during a Fox Business Network appearance last year.
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The Rent is Too Damn High candidate faces eviction

Jimmy McMillan, who plans to run in the US presidential election next year, is lodging a $70,000 counter-claim against his landlord.
Aug 5th 2011, 2:16 PM 1,370 1

A MAN WHO ran for the Rent is Too Damn High party in the New York gubernatorial elections last year is facing eviction from his Manhattan apartment.

Jimmy McMillan claims the landlord wants him out because “my rent is too damn low”, the New York Post reports. He currently pays $872 a month for a rent-controlled apartment in the city’s East Village.

The building’s owner claims McMillan breached his tenancy agreement because the apartment is not actually his primary residence, as is required under the rent control rules.

McMillan says he’s been living at the Manhattan address since 1977 and is filing a counter-claim against building owner Lisco Holdings. He claims he runs his office and party headquarters from the Brooklyn address Lisco Holdings has described as his primary residence.

McMillan intends to run in the 2012 US presidential election. Here he presents his party’s agenda during a New York gubernatorial debate in October last year in a speech which generated huge support for McMillan after it was posted on YouTube:

Read Mitchel Maddux’s story in full in the New York Post >

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