Marriott’s St. Regis Bal Harbor finds itself in the middle of a lawsuit after one resident is suing them due to “a highly nauseating, repulsive, and repugnant odor” pervading his property. The South Florida property has both hotel rooms as well as private residents, and the plaintiff in this lawsuit is one of the of the residential owners.
Here’s the details of the lawsuit:
A lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County has accused Marriott International of knowingly concealing the use of an odious and potentially harmful building material in one of its properties.
Montreal businessman Andreas Diamantopoulous is accusing Marriott of negligence and fraud over its addressing of an “unnatural smell” in his residence in the company’s St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort. Diamantopoulous — who goes by Andre Diamond — claimed to have continually reached out to St. Regis management over the presence of “a highly nauseating, repulsive, and repugnant odor” pervading his property. Diamond purchased a two-bedroom penthouse at the resort for $2,525,000 in 2013.
“Diamond complained multiple times about the chemical stench and persistent odor but was continuously shuffled along by management, engineers, and staff at the St. Regis Property all of whom outright denied any issue existed,” the complaint said.
The filing maintained the smell was so strong that “even when sleeping with his sliding glass doors open, Diamond would wake up in the morning with eye irritation and burns, headaches, respiratory difficulty, and diminished cognitive capabilities.”
When you buy a condo within a hotel, there can be pros and cons about doing so, as you have to rely on the management company for your property. In this case, it’s an unfortunate situation that the owner is facing and hopefully one that the two parties can come to a resolution.
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