A former Disney CFO says a couple used a legal loophole to squat in his $2.2 million Connecticut mansion — but the couple claims the castle was far from the fairytale promised.
Lawrence Rutkowski — who also steered the finances of Petco and NBC/General Electric — says he rented his nearly 8,000-square-foot Greenwich home to lawyer A. Mark Getachew and his wife, Denora.
But the couple hasn’t paid rent since they moved in in June, taking “advantage of the no-eviction moratorium,” according to an affidavit filed by Rutkowski in Norwalk Housing Court.
“It is clear that they have no intention of paying rent — now or in the future because they know Governor [Ned] Lamont keeps extending the ‘no-eviction’ moratorium,” Rutkowski alleges in the affidavit.
Rutkowski, a California resident, says what’s worse is that “without my consent, the Getachews have performed multiple alterations and have caused significant damage to my house and have run up huge bills in my name (all in violation of the lease),” the affidavit continues.
Rutkowski’s pool repairman found when he opened the pool for the Getachews that there were some leaking valves and a few other minor repairs that would cost at most $3,000 to repair. But Mark “unjustly fired” the pool repairman, hired his own and “proceeded to run up a $45,000 bill, basically digging up all of the piping around the pool and associated parts of the pool and replacing them,” the affidavit says.
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