Guramrit Hanspal, who has been living illegally in a Long Island home for 23 years, is finally getting evicted. A judge ruled that Hanspal is not eligible for the Covid-19 pandemic housing assistance because he is not a tenant of the building.
Hanspal took out a mortgage on his Long Island home back in 1998 and only paid one mortgage payment on it. He bought the house for $290,000 and since 1998 had only paid $1,200 towards that mortgage.
The house was foreclosed on in 2000 and since then the 52 year old has filed bankruptcy multiple times to keep the threat of eviction at bay. Three different owners have tried to remove Hanspal from the property, but they didn’t have any success.
Guramrit Hanspal used every trick in the book to stop his eviction from the home. He filed bankruptcy five times since 2000 and kept filing with the courts when the owners of the home tried to remove him from the property.
Back in April, Hanspal and Bhagwant Srichawla, who was staying with him at the time, filed for Covid-19 hardship declarations to try and stay in the house longer. These declarations allowed renters to claim financial problems after being impacted by the pandemic with no need to provide proof.
Hanspal allegedly claimed that he suffered financial hardships after contracting Covid-19. His lawyer, William D. Friedman said, “It’s clearly within this statute to protect people who said they had COVID and, for purposes of the argument today, he had COVID, he said he had COVID and they’ve done nothing to rebut that. And I just think they’re stuck with that.”
Diamond Ridge Partners, a company that currently owns Guramrit Hanspal’s home and wants him to be evicted, said that the Covid-19 renters protection is for renters who pay rent, and Hanspal never had a lease or any sort of payment agreement.
The company bought the home back in 2008 from Chase Bank and offered Hanspal $20,000 to leave the home. He refused and continued to stay in the house.
The company ended up taking Hanspal to housing court where his lawyers argued that a big company like Diamond Ridge shouldn’t use its influence to jump the line ahead of small landlords. Judge Hohauser of Nassau County said that Diamond Ridge has been waiting over two decades for their day in court and ruled that “the protections of the Covid declaration would inhere to tenants, but not to those who have no financial obligation.”
Diamond Ridge will soon take steps to evict Guramrit Hanspal from the Long Island residence.