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Yankee Josh Donaldson sues Greenwich landlord over ‘musty’ mansion lease – The Denver Post

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson, while playing in the house Ruth built, was living in a house of horrors, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

Donaldson, in a nine-page lawsuit filed in Connecticut federal court, alleges that the $55,000-a-month Connecticut rental property he moved to before opening day with his pregnant partner and their 17-month-old daughter was “unfit and uninhabitable for his family.”

The residence suffered from a widespread mold problem, an unusable swimming pool, an infestation of ants and squirrels, showers that did not work, water damage in the bathrooms and wiring. Faulty electrical, according to the lawsuit.

The squirrels also found a home in one of the house’s bedroom ceilings, according to Donaldson’s filing.

The sprawling five-bedroom residence sits on 4.5 acres, its furnishings blending “upscale European elegance and modern art deco,” according to a property listing. The master suite comes with a balcony, while the 4,400-square-foot residence includes a plunge pool and an expensive sound system with indoor and outdoor speakers.

The Bronx Bomber fired its first legal bean bullet at owner Bill Grous in late April, detailing the issues in a letter, and received no response, according to court documents.

The 2015 American League MVP and three-time all-star needed to find a spot quickly after being traded to the Yankees from the Minnesota Twins shortly before the start of the season.

He settled on the suburban property, paying an additional $110,000 security deposit before arriving with his family in early April. Donaldson, a 12-year veteran, came to the Yankees in a trade for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

Donaldson’s attorney eventually sent Grous a notice on May 17 that the lease was terminated and followed by a request for the return of the security deposit, according to court documents.

But Grous’ lawyer said the money would not be returned – and the baseball player’s attorney says Donaldson has yet to see a dime.

The Major League veteran now wants $220,000, double the security deposit, from his former landlord, as well as compensation for the cost of paying more money for a new residence on short notice, according to reports. court documents.

He is also seeking punitive damages and wants the landlord to cover the cost of his legal fees in the case.



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