Emily Ratajkowski defends her husband's decision to not pay rent

The New York Post reported earlier this month that producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, who is married to Emily Ratajkowski, is refusing to pay rent on his apartment in New York City because of a loft law. 

Ratajkowski defended her husband’s decision to skip out on the monthly $4,900 payments on Twitter Monday. She also clarified that her husband is 38, not 31, as previous reports stated. 

“He’s an independent movie producer so people thinking he’s rich is real nice but not based in fact,” the model and actress wrote.

“He was raised in the neighborhood he lives in now, both of his parents are artists who were priced out of their homes in downtown New York.” 

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BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Josh Ostrovsky aka The Fat Jew, Sebastian Bear-McClard and Emily Ratajkowski attend the Pink Party III Hosted By BABE And Tarte at Villian on February 23, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images for BABE)
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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 02: Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard attend Fanatics Super Bowl Party at College Football Hall of Fame on February 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fanatics)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 23: Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard attend the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Philadelphia 76ers on January 23, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Emily Ratajkowski and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard attend the victories of Madison Keys and Djokovic on day 10 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Emily Ratajkowski and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard attend the victories of Madison Keys and Djokovic on day 10 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 6: Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard enjoy the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers on April 6, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Sebastian Bear-McClard (L) and Emily Ratajkowski attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 03: Model Emily Ratajkowski (R) and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard attend the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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The 27-year-old said that she moved in with Bear-McClard last year and that she’s “proud” of the stance he’s taken. 

“I’m proud he’s fighting the good fight against a real estate conglomerate that bought the building he lives in for 40 million and has continued to spread misinformation on its tenants in order to profit,” she said, adding that “NYC has changed so much and it’s a shame that people who work in creative fields are being moved out of the city.” 

Bear-McClard reportedly stopped paying rent in 2017 due to a law that won’t allow landlords to kick out artists or low-income tenants ― even if they’re living there illegally ―  if the building possesses no residential certificate of occupancy. According to the Post, the Bleecker street building where the couple now resides doesn’t have a certificate. 

Carolyn Daly, who represents the loft building owners at Bleecker street, among others, spoke out against the couple. 

“Here is a prime example, in prime NYC real estate, where an uber-wealthy celebrity couple and tenant can take advantage and exploit a law that was intended for truly struggling artists and low-income families in need of affordable housing,” she told the Post. 

Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard married in a private city hall ceremony in February 2018, after just a few weeks of dating. 

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