“Rent Too Damn High” Candidate Faces Eviction

Here’s a little irony for your Saturday afternoon: Jimmy McMillan, the former New York gubernatorial candidate who skyrocketed to internet fame with his political slogan, “the rent is too damn high,” could be facing eviction from his rent-controlled East Village apartment. †McMillan claims that his landlords are giving him the boot because, in his words, “the rent is too damn low.” †The landlords, however, have a different story: they say that McMillan is in violation of rent-control regulations because he actually lives in Brooklyn.

The problem is, last fall, McMillan told the New York Times the same thing. †He explained that after falling on hard times, he created an arrangement with his landlady so that he could live rent-free in his Brooklyn apartment in exchange for maintenance work. †He added that he continued to pay rent on the East Village apartment, where his unemployed 31-year-old son lives.

McMillan told the NY Post that he now lives in the East Village apartment and uses the Brooklyn apartment as an office. †The case is in housing court, and McMillan has filed a $70,000 counter-claim. †”It’s a trick they all play,” McMillan said, describing his landlords. †”I’m not going to let them get away with it. You don’t tell an American how to live.” †Unless, of course, that American happens to be a landlord.

You’ve got to hand it to him: only Jimmy McMillan could make a housing court dispute into hilarious political theater. †Of course, he did warn the New York Times last fall that his living situation was complicated. †He ended the interview on a typically confusing note: “Donít look for anything I say about my living space to be true.” †One wonders whether that will fly with the New York City housing court.

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Latonya W.
Latonya W6 years ago


Margie Bonn
Past Member 6 years ago

This guy is a Trip To The Beach!!!

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago


Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

This guy is too damn funny! He is clearly a proformance artist and if he isn't being paid he needs a NEW manager! He ,himself,points out that his rant is for show and shouldn't be taken seriously. He said " don't look for anything I say to be true". We need to separate the NON-PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN-COMEDIANS from the REAL PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN-COMEDIANS. I suggest looking for the "R" after their names.

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago


Jill Givetz
Jill Givetz6 years ago

I don't see why he is upset about his rent, it is to low, most people have to pay real high rent, and the only way they can have the money to pay is to have 3 to 4 families in one house, with all the people losing jobs they also are losing their places to live, think about that one.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Too complex.

Sound Mind
Ronald E6 years ago

Burn the damn landlord's place down.

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

H,mmmm not sure what to think of this article

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I think Mr. McMillian got tripped up on his lies.