Final Ruling on Bianca Jagger's Rent-Stabilized Apartment

October 10, 2012
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The final ruling has come down on the Rolling Stones frontman's ex-wife's rent-stabilized Park Avenue apartment. The state's appeals court ruled that Bianca Jagger will have to pay more than $600,000 in back rent. She had appealed an earlier ruling, but the courts have concluded that the apartment wasn't her primary residence. So she owes two years of market-rate rent and $343,827.36 in legal fees

The owner had moved to evict Jagger from her home of 20 years in 2005 after she had filed a $20 million lawsuit against the landlord over toxic mold in her apartment that she said was making her sick.The owner's lawsuit contended she wasn’t entitled to stay in her rent-stabilized, $4,600-a-month apartment at 530 Park Avenue because it wasn’t her “primary residence” — a must for a rent-stabilized tenant.

While Jagger claimed the apartment had long been her home base, the owner pointed out that the Nicaraguan native was in the United States on a B2 visa, which requires that the visitor have a “principal, actual dwelling place” outside the United States. The state’s highest court upheld her eviction in 2008, and she lost her mold case last year.