Everyone knows it’s a landlord’s market when it comes to renting an apartment. Rents are skyrocketing, especially in New York City, so when word got out that Maria DeTommaso was paying only $100 a month for her Long Island apartment, a lot of folks were seeing green with envy.
DeTommaso scored the rent-controlled accommodations under some controversial circumstances, which had her landlords absolutely furious. It all started in 1993 when she was staying in the building to look after a friend’s cat. That’s when she met and befriended Nicholas DeTommaso.
“I was living upstairs, and one day around Easter, he called me for breakfast,” Maria said to The Post of her first meeting with Nicholas. “He had decorated the apartment, and he made french fries and eggs.” She never left.
Nicholas, who was elderly, agreed to make Maria his legal daughter by signing adoption papers when she was 58-years-old. This occurred just weeks before Nicholas passed away, granting succession rights of his rent-controlled apartment to his now daughter, Maria.
However, the owners of the building don’t understand how Maria could have been given the apartment like this. A similar unit in the building goes for $1800 a month.