Landlord's Request for Documents Too Broad
LVT Number: 18793
Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for illegal subletting. Landlord asked the court for permission to conduct pretrial questioning of tenant and two claimed subtenants. Landlord also asked that all these people be required to produce a large number of documents dating back to January 2000. Landlord sought production of income tax returns, wage records, driver's licenses, auto registrations, voter registrations, leases, deeds, banking records, and credit card records. The court ruled against landlord, denying its request for the documents. Landlord's document request was too broad. Landlord admitted in its request that it needed documents to prove tenant's nonprimary residence. But this wasn't a nonprimary residence case. The case was delayed for a trial or settlement.
Riverside NY LLC v. Peralta: NYLJ, 3/16/06, p. 18, col. 1 (Civ. Ct. NY; Finkelstein, J)