Landlord sues New York Giants player for $700,000 claiming their ‘home lost value’ after Janoris Jenkins’ brother was accused of killing a friend in the basement
- Owners of a New Jersey home claim their home lost value after the brother of New York Giants Janoris Jenkins allegedly killed a man in the basement
- The property owners say the value of their Fair Lawn home has fallen by at least 30 per cent and are seeking at least $700,000 in damages
- The NFL star’s brother William Jenkins is charged with aggravated manslaughter
- Rene’s body was found on June 26 in the basement of Janoris’ New Jersey home
- Police said Rene was found dead from a possible strangulation and suffocation
Janoris Jenkins’s brother william was charged with murdering a rap producer last year at the NFL star’s rented home in New Jersey
Nine months since a friend of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was killed in a rented upscale home in New Jersey, the owners of the property are asking the NFL player to pay for what they say is a loss on the home’s resale value.
Landlords S.R. Tummalapenta and N.R. Tummalapenta have filed a statement of claim with an arbitrator seeking more than $700,000 on the Fair Lawn home.
‘The Tummalapenta’s are not a management company: they are a local family and this is their family home,’ said Jonathan Swichar, the Tummalapenta’s attorney to NJ.com.
‘They took tremendous pride in its appearance and invested a great deal of trust in Mr. Jenkins to be steward of their home. Setting aside the utterly tragic incident that occurred in June of last year, Mr. Jenkins and the additional, non-occupant tenants and visitors have caused considerable reputational and physical damage to the property, in addition to emotional pain for the Tummalapenta’s – who one day hoped to pass this home to their children.’
William Jenkins (left) was arrested after the death of Roosevelt Rene (right). He was arrested for a parole violation. Hours later the body of Rene was discovered in the basement of Janoris’ home in Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Janoris considered Rene, left and right, to be a close personal friend. The two were working producing music together before the 25-year-old’s death on June 26
Rene was found dead in the basement of Janoris’ home (pictured) in Fairlawn, NJ last June
The landlords have come up with a number of figures which they say proves the home has lost value since the killing, allegedly by Jenkin’s brother.
They say the homicide knocked off 30 per cent of the home’s value, equating to $246,000.
Jenkins, who signed a $62 million contract in June 2016, has signed a lease with the Tummalapentas to stay at the Fair Lawn property for 24 months with an annual rent of $66,000 a year, $5,500 a month.
Jenkins’ brother, William and a friend were living at the home while Jenkins was away in Florida for training.
Janoris, the owner of the home, was said to have had been in Florida at the time of the killing
The property owners say the value of their Fair Lawn home has fallen by at least 30 per cent and are seeking at least $700,000 in damages as a result of the homicide
Jenkins home in Fairlawn, New Jersey is shown. The landlords claim their home lost value after the brother of New York Giants Janoris Jenkins allegedly killed a man in the basement
last June, police were called to the home to investigate a death, which turned out to be Jenkins’ friend, 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene.
William Jenkins confessed to police that he got into a fight with Renee and has been charged with aggravated manslaughter.
William has a criminal record in Florida dating back to the early 2000s that includes convictions for aggravated battery, grand theft, and multiple counts of burglary.
Days after Rene’s body was found, the player gave his landlords a 30-day notice that he was going move out.
Landlords say Jenkins gave the keys up to the place in August of 2018 but that the house remains uninhabitable and needs repairs of up to $300,000 to be made before another tenant can occupy the home.