A Lengthy Island man who hasn’t paid his mortgage in additional than 20 years acquired one other delay in his authorized proceedings — after a witness set to testify towards him got here down with COVID-19.
Guramrit Hanspal, 52, made one mortgage fee in 1998, however nothing since, and has filed a number of bankruptcies and lawsuits in a bid to stave off eviction.
The house was foreclosed on years in the past and is now owned by Diamond Ridge Companions, which needs Hanspal out.
The case was delayed earlier this month when a brand new lawyer was employed to work on the case on behalf of Hanspal and the house’s different residents.
Hanspal didn’t seem in Nassau County Housing Courtroom for the Thursday listening to, throughout which a witness from Diamond Ridge was scheduled to take the stand.
However the Diamond Ridge employee was identified with coronavirus the identical day and was quarantining as an alternative, stated Diamond Ridge lawyer Jordan Katz, who can be contesting Hanspal’s effort to make use of pandemic protections to remain in the home.
Hanspal’s lawyer, William Friedman, had no drawback with the extra delay, telling Choose William Hohauser, “I’m not going to object.”
Hanspal couldn’t be reached for remark.