10 Percent Abatement for Leak
LVT Number: 12935
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed breach of the warranty of habitability due to a leak in the bathroom ceiling. Landlord showed that it had fixed the leak. The court ruled for landlord, finding that tenant owed $4,400 in back rent, and tenant appealed. The appeals court ruled for tenant in part. Although landlord had fixed the condition, it had existed for a while before this was done. So tenant could get a 10 percent rent abatement for the period during which the leak was present.
Rego Realty v. Grossman: NYLJ, p. 35, col. 5 (12/18/98) (App. T. 2 Dept.; Kassoff, PJ, Aronin, Chetta, JJ)