Hotel Unit Monthly Rent Over $350 on 5/31/68
LVT Number: 9011
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing that the petition didn't state why the apartment wasn't rent-stabilized. Landlord claimed that tenant's unit was in a hotel, which didn't qualify for rent stabilization coverage because the rent was more than $350 a month on May 31, 1968. Landlord also pointed out that the DHCR had determined the building was a hotel in another proceeding. Landlord wins. The court must defer to the agency's expertise regarding rent stabilization coverage. But the court found that a trial was required to determine if the rent was over $350 per month on May 31, 1968.
The Benjamin Shapiro Realty Co. v. Henson: NYLJ, p. 23, col. 3 (7/27/94) (Civ. Ct. NY; Kapnick, J)