Monday, May 30, 2005

Girls just want to have a $3,250 apartment for $500.

Cindi Lauper and her husband willingly paid rent of $3,250 a month to get their West End luxury-building apartment -- but now are suing to invoke the city's rent control laws to have their rent knocked down to $508, retroactively back to 1992, with a 13-year rebate of the difference.

An appeals court reduced their rent to $989 but they say that's not enough (or still too much) so now they are appealing to the state's highest court.

The next time someone tells you rent control is needed to help the poor, ask about the means-testing provisions.

As a NY state citizen and taxpayer, it's nice to know that the resources of my state's top appeals courts are being used to determine just how deeply below market level the rent of the celebrity rich should be.