The Trump Organization is suing the estate of the man who died in a fire in his Trump Tower apartment earlier this year for unpaid condo and maintenance fees, court filings show.
Todd Brassner perished when an electrical fire engulfed his 50th-floor unit in Trump Tower in April. Brassner was a long-time resident of Trump Tower and worked as an art dealer. He amassed a collection of instruments and art worth millions, none of which survived the blaze.
Brassner’s apartment was not equipped with smoke alarms or sprinklers due in large part to now-President Donald Trump’s opposition to having them installed in the 1990’s. He claimed the $4 per foot cost was too much.
Now, in a lawsuit filed with the New York Supreme Court, the Residential Board of Trump Tower Condominium is suing Brassner’s estate for $64,000 in unpaid condo fees and an additional $25,000 “legal fees and expenses incurred” by the Board.
The filing states:
“By reason of the foregoing, there is now due, and owing to the Condominium the sum of $64,640.34 as of September 24, 2018, as well as additional common charges and additional common charges which will or may come due during the pendency of this action.”
“As a result, Plaintiff is entitled to a money judgment in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be at least $25,000.00.”
Twitter thinks this is a dirty move, even for Trump.
The Trump Organization is suing a the estate of a man who died in a fire in his Trump Tower apartment that had no smoke detectors.
Says he owed them for maintenance fees.https://t.co/gQmkvoqo7F
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 18, 2018
— Mike (@mnike_likes_it) October 18, 2018
"As you may know by now, when you attack (Donald) he will punch back 10 times harder. No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal." – Melania Trump.
She needs to be update this next time to include "burned to death or living."
— pwithm11 (@pwtham11) October 18, 2018
No, actually, I would hope that anyone stooping that low would be pilloried in public.
— small.angry.tacky.loud. (@blkroisin) October 18, 2018
The sleaze literally oozes from every fiber this cancer on American society. He needs to move himself and his spawn to moscow
— LACar523 (@Lacar523) October 18, 2018
— Donna Longo (@birderseye) October 18, 2018
So typical of the Trump family, including Jared in terms of how his company dealt with tenants in the real estate his family owns. It’s all so very shabby!
— Jeanine Barone (@JCreatureTravel) October 18, 2018
— Unite or we fail. (@lovesgarrison) October 18, 2018
We may never know how low he will go! Check for anything that sounds like a heartbeat.?
— sherry ❤️Reality Winner (@sherry_bath) October 18, 2018
Just when I think they can’t surprise me….
— bardgal (@bardgal) October 18, 2018
I'd expect no less from @realDonaldTrump. He wants to take away healthcare from those that need it the most, cuts programs that help the most vulnerable., locks children in cages & sends 5 year olds to court without an attorney. Of course, he'd go after the dead for a few bucks.
— Nony2U (@chardonnay4me2) October 18, 2018
Guess trump needs money to pay his own fines for not having his building up to code, again. God, this is terrible.
— Ditch mitch mcCONnell in 2020 (@nastystacface) October 18, 2018
— RoseMSerrano (@NYCArtistRoseMS) October 18, 2018
Others weren’t surprised because it’s Trump.