False Proof of Vacancy Leases Showed Improper Deregulation

LVT Number: #31171

Landlord sued to evict unregulated tenant. Tenant claimed that he was rent stabilized, that the apartment had been improperly deregulated, and that he was overcharged. The court ruled for landlord after trial, granted a judgment of possession, and dismissed tenant's claims. Tenant appealed and won. Based on the trial court record, the appeals court found that the apartment had been unlawfully deregulated. A former landlord issued a series of vacancy increases every year between 1996 and 2001.

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