The flat that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput had rented in Mumbai has been laying vacant for nearly three years now. However, the NRI owner has finally found a new tenant and soon the flat will be rented out, as per a new report. Rafique Merchant, a real-estate broker in Mumbai, has said that he was approached by the flat’s owner a few months ago. (Also Read | Sushant Singh Rajput’s Mumbai flat fails to find new tenant after 2.5 years)
Rafique also said that reports about the flat being vacant led prospective tenants to inquire from him. The flat will be rented out at ₹5 lakh per month. The owners will also get a security deposit of ₹30 lakh, which is equal to six months of rent. Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in the flat on June 14, 2020.
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.”
Last month, talking about finding new tenants, Rafique 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,” he had said.
The flat at Mont Blanc Apartments is a sea-facing duplex 4BHK, which measures 2,500 sq. feet and also has a terrace. It is situated on Carter Road in Mumbai’s Bandra West.
Sushant had taken the flat on the sixth floor in December 2019 for three years. At that time, he was paying a monthly rent of ₹4.51 lakh. The late actor was sharing the apartment with his roommates and his then girlfriend-actor, Rhea Chakraborty.