Woman sues fashion designer Elie Tahari for $13 million over ‘infested’ Hamptons rental property

A Manhattan woman is suing fashion designer Elie Tahari after renting his Hamptons home because she claims she found it infested with ‘flies and vermin and reeking of mold, urine and feces.’

Bridget Maguire claims she rented the home from the Israeli designer without seeing it first and gave him $415,000 upfront, according to the New York Post.

The three-bedroom, three-bath Sagaponack home was featured on real estate sites revealing a clean luxury space and amenities such as a pool and private sun decks overlooking the ocean.

Maguire filed the $13 million lawsuit with Manhattan Supreme Court against Tahari’s ET Crestview Leasing LLC. 

In the suit, she claims she discovered the home to be ‘infested with flies, mosquitos and various vermin and reeked of mold, urine, and faces’, the Post reports.

The lawsuit also claims that the pool was ‘green with algae’, and that the air conditioning was ‘completely nonfunctional.’

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli designer Elie Tahari's 4,500

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli designer Elie Tahari's 4,500

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli designer Elie Tahari’s 4,500

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli Tahari's 4,500-square-foot property in Sagaponack, NY for $415,000

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli Tahari's 4,500-square-foot property in Sagaponack, NY for $415,000

Manhattan woman Bridget Maguire rented Israeli Tahari’s 4,500-square-foot property in Sagaponack, NY for $415,000

Maguire sued Tahari after she claimed she found the home in filthy condition and paid $150,000 to have it fixed by contractors

Maguire sued Tahari after she claimed she found the home in filthy condition and paid $150,000 to have it fixed by contractors

Maguire sued Tahari after she claimed she found the home in filthy condition and paid $150,000 to have it fixed by contractors

Maguire also claimed that the bathrooms did not work, a garage door was broken, and other doors in the house did not open. 

Tahari allegedly refused to fix the property before the rental, leaving Maguire to spend $150,000 on contractors to make it ‘livable’, said the attorney.

‘They wouldn’t fix it. They wouldn’t come help … they gave her nothing,’ real estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey told the Post.

‘The way the Hamptons properties usually are, they’re turnkey, you come in and everything ‘s great.’

 The leasing company was also accused of breaking tenant laws due to demanding so much money from Maguire upfront. 

 ‘She paid a lot of money for contractors to come fix everything, turn everything on, get everything working,’ Bailey added.

The home was said to be infested with ‘flies and vermin and reeking of mold, urine and feces’ as well as an outdoor pool ‘green with algae’

Tahari bought the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property in 2005 for $12.1 million. He previously listed the property for $45 million in 2017 and then for $39 million in 2019.

Tahari bought the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property in 2005 for $12.1 million. He previously listed the property for $45 million in 2017 and then for $39 million in 2019.

Tahari bought the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property in 2005 for $12.1 million. He previously listed the property for $45 million in 2017 and then for $39 million in 2019. 

The 4,500 square-foot home has been selling at hundreds of thousands of dollars for summer breaks.

It is currently listed on realtor.com for $750,000 a month.

The home was previously being rented at $350,000 in July and $450,000 in August.

According to Realtor.com, it features three-bedrooms, with the master overlooking the ocean, and three-bathrooms.

The property is also advertised featuring a high-wood arched sunroom serving as a kitchen, dining room, and living room.

A pool and outdoor seating area with a an overhead pergola are also available with a basketball court as well.

Renters also have access to one of the most exclusive beaches in the Hamptons.

The home was bought by Tahari in 2005 for $12.1 million which he had renovated by interior designer Tom Flynn, according to The Observer.

Tahari previously listed the property in 2017 for $45 million, but ended up renting it out for $800,000 between July and August. He listed it again in 2019 for a price of $39 million.

The master bedroom features an open view of the ocean

The master bedroom features an open view of the ocean

The master bedroom features an open view of the ocean 

A shower room and six-person tub are also available in the home

The kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops

The kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops

The kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops 

Link hienalouca.com

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