New Delhi: Sushant Singh Rajput’s flat in which the late actor had once lived has finally found a new tenant. As per reports, Rafique Merchant, a real-estate broker in Mumbai, alleged that he was approached by the flat’s new owner a few months ago. The new tenant of Sushant’s flat is an NRI, a Hindustan Times report said.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s flat has been vacant for the last three years now. Rafique also said in the same HT report that many prospective tenants had inquired about the flat. The flat will be rented out at Rs. 5 lakh per month with a security deposit of Rs. 30 lakh, which is equal to six months of rent.
As quoted by India Today, Rafique said, “We have found somebody (a tenant). We are in the final stage of talks with the family to finalise things. People are now relaxed about it (Sushant’s death) because they say it has been a while.”
Earlier, Rafique had told Bollywood Hungama, “People are scared to move into this flat. When prospective tenants would hear that this is the same apartment where he died, they would not even visit the flat. Nowadays, people are at least visiting the flat as the news of his death has become old. Yet, the deal is not getting finalised. The owner is also hell-bent and doesn’t want to come down on the rent. If he does, it’ll be sold quickly. Since he’s selling it at the market price, tenants prefer buying some other flat of a similar size in the same area since it would come without the baggage of controversy that this flat is associated with.”
“The parties are told in advance that this is where Sushant used to stay. Some people don’t mind the history and want to go for it. But their friends and family members discourage them from going ahead with the deal. Now the owner doesn’t want to rent out the flat to a film celeb, no matter who or how big he or she is. He’s clear that he wants to hand over the flat to a corporate person,” Rafique had said.
Sushant’s flat is at Mont Blanc Apartments, a 4-BHK sea-facing duplex with an area of 2500 sq. ft. It also has a terrace and is located in the Carter Road area of Mumbai’s Bandra West.
Sushant had rented the flat in December 2019 for three years. At the time, he was reportedly paying a rent of Rs. 4.51 lakh.