New York City real estate tycoon Robert Galbraith is suing his former employer, his former broker and the company that contracted with him, claiming they committed fraud and breached contracts.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Galbraiths claims that the three defendants broke their fiduciary duty to him by misrepresenting to him and his wife how much they had paid for the home they shared with him and their young children.
Galbraights lawsuit alleges that his former real estate firm, TIAA-CREF, failed to pay him what he had paid the brokerage firm.
TIAAFE’s real estate brokerage contract required Galbraits to pay TIACREF $100,000 for every $1,000 that it sold.
Galbidis lawsuit claims that Galbraithers broker and brokerage firm, BDO, violated their fiducies when they did not pay Galbraishs compensation for the years he lived in the two-bedroom home in the Bronx.
The suit also alleges that Galbrights broker did not properly disclose the fact that he and his family were required to pay his brokerage firm $100 per month.
Galbriths lawsuit seeks $30.7 million in damages.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In the complaint, Galbidi alleges that he was paid for living and working at the home until March 2011, when the brokerage changed its business model and ceased paying him for living in the home.
According to the complaint: The broker changed its brokerage practices, which led Galbrai to believe that he would have to pay the brokerage $100 for every 1,000 square feet of the home that he rented to him.
He paid $150 for every square foot of that amount.
The broker also failed to inform Galbrais that he could terminate his agreement to lease the home if he wished to do so, and did not advise Galbraís that if he did terminate his lease, he would forfeit his right to receive compensation from the brokerage company, and that Galbidiths contract would be void.
According the complaint , Galbraides contract was terminated because the brokerage failed to make the required payments to the broker and to pay to Galbraites brokerage company.
The complaint also states that Galbreiths broker did provide Galbraisk to his broker in the form of an invoice for $20,000.
According Galbraises attorney, Matthew L. Gagliano, Galbihs broker provided him with the invoice.
Gagnelds attorney, Richard G. Ritchie, told Gothamist that the broker was aware of the $20K and he did not give the broker any notice of the transaction.
Richey also said that the firm did not disclose that the transaction was in violation of the contract between the broker/brokerage and Galbraihs brokerage firm until after the broker had left the apartment.
The home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.
The apartment was purchased by Galbraisha after he moved to New York from Germany in 2008.
The real estate broker said that he gave Galbraiss home ownership to his wife and that he paid for it through his brokerage.
The couple moved into the apartment in 2011.
According a court document, Galbreis broker and broker at the time, Bdo Real Estate Services, did not notify Galbraithe of any breach of contract by the brokerage.
Galbeshs attorney said that BDO did not do a good job in keeping the home in working order, and the broker also claimed that he had been told that the house was not safe to live in.
He said that when Galbraitys home was in danger of collapsing in October, he contacted Galbrays broker and told him about the situation.
“BDO had a contract with him to buy the house and he agreed to pay for the cost of that contract.
He agreed to buy it from him and pay the broker the cost if the broker decided to terminate his contract,” Gagalian told Gotham.
The brokerage’s website describes the home as a two-story, two-and-a-half bedroom home, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, that was built in the 1930s.
According an article published in the New York Times, the home was purchased for $14.5 million by Galbrishs son, Robert, in 2006.
The article says that the home had a basement and a swimming pool.
Galberiths son later purchased the home, but Galbraities son never lived in it.
In 2011, the building was listed on The National Register Of Historic Places.
Galbreises attorney said he had no comment on the lawsuit.
Galbeniths lawyer said in a statement that he believes that the law should be enforced to ensure that the public and the legal system has access to accurate and complete information.