Landlord Needn't Offer Renewal Lease to Tenant
LVT Number: 13789
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in which tenant admitted owing $3,400 in back rent. The agreement stated that the issuance of an eviction warrant would be delayed for two months while tenant sought assistance from DSS to pay the rent. Before the two months were up, tenant asked the court to order landlord to give her a renewal lease. Tenant said that landlord's refusal to give her a renewal lease could result in denial of any help from DSS. Landlord argued that the building wasn't subject to rent regulation, so he wasn't required to offer tenant a renewal lease. The court ruled for landlord. No renewal lease was required. The two-month delay of the eviction warrant remained in place.
Prince v. Grace: NYLJ, p. 23, col. 3 (12/29/99) (Civ. Ct. Bronx; Gonzalez, J)