Jimmy McMillan
Jimmy McMillan, famous for being the head of the Rent is Too Damn High Party, is being evicted from his East Village apartment in New York. Photo Credit: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Jimmy McMillan, the man whose flamboyant persona made him an internet sensation after an appearance at a debate for the New York gubernatorial race last year, is facing eviction. His landlord is kicking him out because McMillan’s rent-controlled apartment isn’t economically feasible enough to keep him there.

Rent not high enough to keep Jimmy McMillan in apartment

Jimmy McMillan, a community activist in New York, was thrust into the national spotlight last year when he appeared at a televised debate in the New York governor’s race. The political party McMillan was running for governor under is also his catchphrase: “The rent is too damn high.” His use of the phrase helped turn the video of the debate viral and made McMillan an overnight celebrity. He also went on to co-star in a video on funnyordie.com, called “Charlie Sheen is too damn high.” However, McMillan’s rent was apparently too damn low, according to MSNBC, because his landlord is evicting him. McMillan’s rent-controlled apartment is allegedly not making enough money for the landlord

McMillan sues landlord

Jimmy McMillan claims, according to the Daily Mail, the company that owns the apartment building he lives in wants to kick him out to replace him with tenants they can charge more. However, the real estate company that owns the apartment building says McMillan normally stays at the offices of the Rent is Too Damn High Party. McMillan insists that is his office, and his apartment is his residence. McMillan has lodged a suit on the advice of his attorney, for $70,000. He began renting the East Village apartment in 1977 for $275, and the rent has gone up to $872.96 since then. According to Time, real estate values in the East Village have been steadily rising, as it has become the new up-and-coming neighborhood for the young, well-off and trendy crowd.

McMillan in 2012

The lawsuit against McMillan’s apartment building is pending in New York’s Housing Court. In the meantime, McMillan is moving on to his next project with the Rent is Too Damn High Party. He is planning on running for president in 2012. He announced that he would be running for president in 2010, according to CBS, after he failed to capture the gubernatorial election. McMillan isn’t running on the Rent is Too Damn High Party ticket but is instead seeking the Republican Party nomination, according to BusinessInsider.

McMillan’s launch pad to fame


MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44034405/ns/us_news-life/#.TjwqNmWP-_0

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2022857/Rent-Too-Damn-High-Party-founder-evicted-New-York-apartment-rent-damn-low.html

Time: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/05/the-rent-is-too-damn-low-jimmy-mcmillan-faces-eviction-from-manhattan-apartment/

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20026562-503544.html

Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/2012-republican-presidential-field-update-2011-7

McMillan 2012: http://mcmillan2012.com/index.htm


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