Court Won't Discontinue Nonpayment Case
LVT Number: #28107
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent, claiming that tenant owed over $1,000 through April 2016. The court ruled for landlord based on tenant's failure to respond. Tenant later asked the court to vacate the judgment. She said her default was due to the fact that she is a victim of domestic violence and was locked out of the apartment by her abuser. Tenant also claimed that the rent sought by landlord had been paid. The court reopened the case and permitted tenant to assert counterclaims for breach of warranty of habitability and violation of housing standards.
NYCHA Queensbridge S. Hous. v. Foote: Index No. 11648/16, NYLJ No. 1511759933 (Civ. Ct. Queens; 11/6/17; Nembhard, J)