(NEW YORK POST) – Not even the most diplomatic statesman could make peace with this vermin.
An ambassador from St. Lucia was forced to abandon his Manhattan apartment because the landlord wouldn’t get rid of the roaches and rodents living there, according to a lawsuit.
Cosmos Richardson, the permanent representative to the United Nations of the island nation, rented the East 36th Street pad in April for $6,500 a month, but within weeks had encountered cockroaches and complained of needed repairs to the landlord, 126 East 36th Street LLC, he said in court papers.
“This is where he would entertain other ambassadors and dignitaries from other sovereign territories, as part of his duties. So this was an extension of his office, so to speak,” attorney Roger Archibald said.
But efforts to get rid of the rodents “over a period of several months were ineffective,” and Richardson was forced to relocate to a rental that cost $7,500 a month, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court claim.
The government of St. Lucia is suing for $45,000.
The landlord says the building is regularly treated by an exterminator and there have been no other complaints.