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Former NYC mayor’s legal team argues sale of Florida property would cause “irreparable harm”


Florida – Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, finds himself embroiled in a financial and legal battle, as recent court filings reveal his resistance to selling his Florida property amid bankruptcy proceedings. Giuliani, who is facing millions of dollars in debt, argues that the push by bankruptcy creditors to sell his Florida property is “premature,” according to new legal documents.

In December, Giuliani filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a jury ordered him to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers he defamed. Seeking relief, he later appealed the jury’s decision. The financial woes deepened when the Committee of Unsecured Creditors, representing those Giuliani owes money, motioned for the court to mandate the sale of his Florida condo to recuperate owed funds.

Giuliani’s legal team countered on March 15, stating that selling the condo could cause “irreparable harm” if the defamation payment ruling is overturned on appeal. They contend the committee’s motion is both “premature and without legal authority,” highlighting an assumption that the defamation judgment will remain largely unchanged post-appeal.

The former mayor, who divides his time between Florida and New York City, has expressed intentions to make the Palm Beach condo his primary residence following the sale of his Manhattan apartment. The Palm Beach property, valued at $3.5 million, stands as Giuliani’s second-most valuable asset. Meanwhile, his Upper East Side apartment, initially listed at $6.5 million, was withdrawn from the market, with its bankruptcy court filing value reduced by nearly a million.

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The Cost of Maintaining Luxury

Arguments arose over the Florida condo’s financial burden, with the committee labeling it “a significant drain on estate resources.” Giuliani reportedly made two maintenance fee payments totaling $15,995 in January alone. His lawyers, however, argued that Giuliani’s monthly expenses for the condo are approximately $8,400, covering maintenance and real estate taxes.

Giuliani’s stance is defended as “sound business judgment,” with his legal team arguing against the portrayal of his actions as “reckless abandon.” They warn that forcing the sale could lead to significant additional housing expenses, rhetorically asking if the committee intends for Giuliani to “join the ranks of the homeless?”

Furthermore, Giuliani’s attorneys highlighted the importance of both residences for his podcast business operations, each housing a studio necessary for generating income that would benefit creditors.

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A Complex Web of Debts and Assets

As creditors explore avenues to recoup the debt, discussions have included the possibility of Giuliani suing Donald Trump, his former client, claiming he is owed money for efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Giuliani has maintained that any owed funds should come from the Republican National Committee or the Trump campaign, with his political advisor affirming that Giuliani will not sue Trump.

Amid these financial challenges, Giuliani faces personal and family changes that could impact his financial situation. Following the death of his former mother-in-law, questions arise regarding the continuation of substantial monthly payments previously directed towards his ex-wife and mother-in-law, totaling $222,000 annually.

This complex scenario unfolds as Giuliani navigates the legal and financial ramifications of his past actions, with creditors, legal obligations, and personal circumstances entwined in a narrative that continues to develop.

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