Landlord and Tenant Signed Two Leases at Different Rent Amounts

LVT Number: #28672

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. The court dismissed the case after trial. Landlord and tenant signed one lease listing a higher rent, then signed a second lease with a lower rent so that tenant could obtain rental assistance from HRA's Special Exit Prevention Supplement (SEPS) program. The court didn't find that this agreement was illegal or against public policy. But the court found that landlord couldn't prove there was a meeting of the minds as to the monthly rent for the apartment.

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554-558 W. 181 Street LLC v. Cochrane: 61 Misc.3d 1203(A) (Civ. Ct. NY; 9/24/18; Stoller, J)