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Compass Real Estate Agent Sued

With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Compass agent Elaine Comerford knows a thing or two about the slippery slope of missing rent.

But in renting out an entire West Village apartment building in NYC, the veteran broker racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars

An attorney for Village Realty said the landlord had waited long enough for the agent to pay.

“Each landlord has their own clock about when it’s time to sue,” said Joshua Price. “For this particular client, I can’t be specific, but it was certainly time to sue.”

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What, exactly, Comerford did with the apartments is not specified, though the lawsuit claims she profited from the property “without adequately compensating” the owner.

“There was no indication that was given to us,” said John Churnestsky, another attorney representing Village Realty in the case.

page on Compass’ website shows no active listings in the building, but does show several past rentals listed by her wife Marie-Claire Martineau, a fellow Compass agent and co-founder of Comerford’s Maison International team.

Comerford and Martineau fielded an inquiry from The Real Deal but did not comment by press time. Compass declined to comment.

Price said the agent’s alleged failure to pay presents a major threat to his client’s property.

“When people are in the business of owning buildings, it’s generally to rent space to other people. That rent is then used to pay other expenses,” the lawyer said. “When someone rents an entire building and doesn’t pay, it is catastrophic.”

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