Landlord of Unregistered Multiple Dwelling Can't Get Default Judgment

LVT Number: #24835

Landlord sued tenant for back rent owed. After tenant failed to appear in court, landlord asked for a default judgment against tenant. The court noted that, in a prior nonpayment proceeding brought against another tenant in the building, the court dismissed the case because the building was being used illegally as a de facto multiple dwelling. So the court denied landlord's request for a default judgment. Landlord appealed and lost. The lower court wasn't required to automatically enter a default judgment against tenant.

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