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New York landlord accidentally clears out wrong apartment and discards tenant’s valuables

By Mason White 1:43 PM March 11, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A man in New York, came home from work and found his apartment completely empty.

Thinking that he had been robbed the man called police.

Officers responded to the home at 409 East 74th Street, a five-story rent controlled building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Officers immediately realized that this was no ordinary burglary as everything including the man’s underwear was gone.

Nilay Sharoff, 27, was horrified when he learned that his landlord had ordered a cleaning company to clean out another apartment on his floor. However, instead of cleaning apartment 2B the company entered Sharoff’s $1,700-a-month apartment, 2D.

The man’s belongings, including his credit cards, checkbook and passport were thrown out. They took the dirty dishes from the sink, his wet towel and his fresh food from the refrigerator.

Sharoff is suing the management company, Mautner-Glick, his landlord and the cleaning company for $40,000 in damages. He said that the cleaning company could have clearly seen that someone was still living in the apartment.

Nilay was also forced to take a week off from work to rebuild his life, and replace all his important documents clothing and furniture. However, he also had some valuable items, which are hard to replace.

As a die-hard baseball fan, Sharoff was also bitterly disappointed to have lost a Mariano Rivera bobblehead, which currently sells for $400 on ebay. The apartment was his first home after graduating from college and leaving his family home in New Jersey.