Condo Association Sues to Evict Maskless Tenant

September 15, 2020

A Miami real estate professional could face eviction from a condo tower where he rents a unit in downtown Miami after allegedly appearing without a mask in common areas, which violates local face mask mandates.

The Marquis Miami Condominium Association filed a lawsuit against Jalal Abuimweis, with Optibase Real Estate Miami, for going maskless in the condo tower in which he rents a unit, The Real Deal reports. “The other residents of the condominium, including those who are elderly or immunocompromised, should be able to use the common elements without Tenant violating local health ordinances,” the lawsuit states.

Abuimweis told The Real Deal that he was unaware of the lawsuit and needed to speak with his attorney.

The Marquis told The Real Deal that it took several steps early on to increase precautions during the pandemic, such as purchasing about 22,000 masks and thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer.

The 67-story condo building has 292 units and is one of the tallest buildings in Miami. Rents range from $3,500 to $6,995. The condo association hasn’t been shy about going after its residents in lawsuits in the past either, such as one last year over an alleged violation on the building’s ban on short-term rentals.

Other associations and landlords are also suing residents who don’t take mask requirements seriously in their common areas. Another reported case over a potential eviction occurred in Montana after a resident failed to wear a face mask in the apartment building, The Real Deal reports.