Dunaway agrees to leave apartment

By Christine Haughney

New York Times News Service

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 11:55 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — With little fanfare, the actress Faye Dunaway agreed this week to give up the rent-stabilized apartment that her landlord had sued to evict her from.

Dunaway's lawyer informed the landlord, Henry Moses, Monday that she had vacated the one-bedroom walk-up apartment that she rented for $1,048.72 a month.

In August, Moses sued her, arguing that because Dunaway was not using the apartment as her primary residence, as required under rent regulation, she had no right to be there. He pointed out that she owns a home in California, registers her car there and is registered to vote there.

Dunaway, 70, said in August that she had moved out of the apartment in May because it was in poor condition. A week later, Elizabeth Shollenberger, a lawyer representing Dunaway, appeared in court and said that the actress would fight to keep the apartment, which she had rented since 1994, because "New York is her home."

On Nov. 3, Dunaway appeared in Manhattan housing court and handed over her keys to Moses so he could make the repairs she had requested. Shortly afterward, Craig S. Charie, the lawyer representing Moses, said Dunaway's new lawyer, Steven Ginsberg, had given notice that she planned to give up the apartment, and a six-page agreement filed on Nov. 16 gave Dunaway until Nov. 21 to move out.

Dunaway did not return a call Tuesday about the settlement. But it appears from her Twitter feed that she spent a couple of weeks in New York City this month. She wrote that she caught up with old friends, scouted film locations, strolled in Central Park and dined at the Pierre hotel. She flew back to Los Angeles on Nov. 15, according to her Twitter feed.

But Dunaway's fans are not likely to find much glamour by renting her former apartment. Charie said on Tuesday that she had not left anything there, adding that it was unlikely that brokers would mention to potential renters that Dunaway had lived in the apartment. He said the age group in the market for such an apartment, priced at less than $2,300 a month, was unlikely to know who Dunaway is.

"The moniker of her name won't make it more remarkable for the audience of who is going to rent it," Charie said. "If Britney Spears rented it, it would fly off the market."

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