Hochberg signed a lease for June 1 to Aug. 8 and agreed to pay $31,750, The Times reported.
About two weeks into her stay, Hochberg reportedly messaged Berman-Schechter asking if she was “looking to sell” the house.
“I’ve fallen in love with it haha -- figured I’d ask!” she wrote.
Berman-Schechter told her that she was not selling the house.
Soon after that, Hochberg was supposed to make her second rent payment of $14,450. The payment was due on June 15, but Berman-Schechter never got it.
Hochberg did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.
Hochberg is the executive sales director at The Purist, a wellness website founded by Cristina Cuomo. She also worked at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, according to her LinkedIn profile.
She also has more than 12,000 followers on Instagram, however, her account has recently been made private.
According to The Times, Hochberg’s father called Berman-Schechter to ask if his daughter could stay past her Aug. 8 move-out date, just days before the lease was set to end.
Berman-Schechter said no -- because new tenants were coming to stay -- but she reportedly offered to help Hochberg find a new place to live.
In response, Hochberg told her landlord that she couldn’t be forced to move out because of the tenant protection laws in New York, which made it harder for landlords to evict tenants.
Those laws were intended to protect vulnerable people from being evicted during the coronavirus pandemic, but according to a May report from the New York Post, the law has been used by wealthier people who squatted in nice homes in the Hamptons.
According to The Times, Hochberg stayed at the house until Oct. 12. Even in the days leading up to her move out, Hochberg reportedly posted pictures on Instagram of herself in the house.
Though she eventually returned the key to the house, Hochberg has reportedly still not paid the second half of her rent, The Times reported.
Berman-Schechter and her husband filed a lawsuit against Hochberg in the Suffolk County Supreme Court in September, according to the New York Post.
The lawsuit, which is still pending, is asking for the $14,450 Hochberg owes as well as another $35,300 in the rent they lost during the months after Hochberg’s lease ended.
Hochberg reportedly told The Times that the story was “fake news.”