I Imagine, Jules Wainstein has one thing to say to Jonathan Sheffer, “The line forms behind me.”
Sheffer is a famous composer who has written scores for films like Heat and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. He’s actually quite an interesting guy. Check out this article on him in New York Social Diary from 2008.
According to multiple reports, in August,2015, Sheffer decided to move to the Apthorp on W. 79th Street, where Jules owns an apartment, after selling his Greenwich Village townhouse for $18 million.
Sheffer had newborn twins at the time so he inquired about any small apartments in the building that might be suitable to house his nanny. The property manager suggest he get in touch with Michael Wainstein. So despite the fact that Michael had no interest in the property that was owned by Jules (and I think perhaps her sister(s) as well) prior to her marriage, he offers to rent it to Sheffer for $4,000 a month. That’s either a hell of a good deal or the place is really tiny or both. Sheffer paid Michael $20,700 for rent, brokers fees and deposits. Sheffer also claims he spent $6,000 repairing the kitchen.
Sheffer then learned that Micheal Wainstein did not own the property. He also learned that Jules was three years behind on her common charges so the apartment could not legally be rented. He has filed a civil suit for $26,700.
The brokers fee really stood out to me as it would seem that this was a contract between the assumed landlord and tenant with no work completed by a broker. So I kept digging around and it seems that Michael asked Sheffer to pay a $5,000 broker fee to Nest Seekers. Since the lawsuit, Nest Seekers has claimed that they had nothing at all to do with the transaction and did not receive any money. Nest Seekers is a defendant on the civil case.
As usual, Michael’s lawyer has made another odd statement. “The evidence will reflect the truth of this case that Mr. Sheffer breached the terms of the lease and now he is looking for a creative way to cancel his obligations. Mr. Wainstein has properly managed and administered the apartment since acquiring it. Mr. Wainstein plans to file his own action to recover what is owed under the terms of the lease and he will seek all remedies and damages available to him under the law.”
Um, the lease was begun in 2015 for two years. The nanny was never able to move in that is what breached the contract. When is this attorney claiming that Michael “acquired” Jules’ apartment? If he “acquired” the apartment, and was properly managing it, then why didn’t he pay the common charges? Just more shady business courtesy of Michael Wainstein. Of the numerous reports I read on this story some mentioned that Michael also has a $23,000 tax lien for New York State income taxes. The line of people Michael Wainstein owes money to seems to continue to grow.