Aida Byrne is in a bind. She and her husband moved out of a beautiful house in Jamaica Estates. They settled in Miami and were hoping to enjoy life in Florida. But her husband, Dr. Rodolfo Byrne, now is battling cancer. And the people to whom they rented their Queens home, Winston and Elaine Bailey, haven’t paid rent in almost two years. TWO YEARS!
Aida says the rent is 38-hundred dollars per month. And after two years she says she’s owed almost 100-thousand dollars in back rent and expenses. She’s been to court more times than she can count! She got a default judgment to evict the Bailey’s. But somehow the system fails her.
Here’s why. Every time Aida turns around, someone in the Baily family seems to be declaring bankruptcy. And that can stop eviction proceedings even though Aida has a default judgment against the Bailey’s.
First it was the Bailey’s, themselves. Now it’s their daughter who isn’t on any lease. Aida can’t believe it.
“I’m disgusted. I don’t know what they’re thinking of me. Or maybe they want to give my house to those people. They owe me over 100-thousand dollars.”
Oh, and did I mention that Winston Bailey is an ex-NYPD cop? Really? Anyone think he may be embarrassing the NYPD?
I went to the house to ask some questions, but Winston Bailey wouldn’t face me. We did speak briefly on the phone.
“I have issues with her. She has issues with me…. This case is going to be argued in court with her attorney and my attorney.”
The Bailey’s attorney says they had problems with heat and water issues. And Aida now has to go to housing court to answer a complaint from the Department of Housing. But how do the Bailey’s explain having a nice Jaguar in driveway? Perhaps they paid for it with money they didn’t spend on the rent.
Anyway, we’re going to keep following this one.