New Landlord Bound by Prior Agreement with Tenant
LVT Number: 15837
New landlord sued to evict basement apartment tenant, claiming that he wasn't a valid tenant. The court ruled against landlord. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant, an attorney, represented prior landlord in a foreclosure action before he lived in the building. Because prior landlord couldn't pay tenant, he gave him the apartment rent-free until he could pay tenant a fixed sum and give tenant another apartment at a preferential rent-stabilized rent. Tenant moved into the apartment in 1995, prior landlord died, and no other payment to tenant was made. Prior landlord and tenant had created a tenancy agreement, and new landlord was bound by it.
Aron Realty Holdings v. Pollack: NYLJ, 5/23/02, p. 20, col. 2 (App. T.1 Dept.; Suarez, PJ, McCooe, Gangel-Jacob, JJ)