Landlord Must Pay Tenant Stipends and Relocation Costs

February 10, 2017
LVT Number: #27482

The DHCR directed landlord to pay tenants’ demolition stipends and relocation costs in connection with a building demolition. Landlord filed an Article 78 appeal, claiming that the DHCR’s decision was arbitrary and unreasonable. The court ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord bought the building in 2007 when it was already in extremely poor condition, settling unevenly into its foundation and leaning six inches out of plumb.

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128 Hester LLC v. DHCR: 2017 NY Slip Op 00581, 2017 WL 401441 (App. Div. 1 Dept.; 1/31/17; Richter, JP, Andrias, Saxe, Gesmer, JJ)