No Certificate of Occupancy for New Apartment
LVT Number: 12541
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed landlord couldn't bring the lawsuit because there was no certificate of occupancy for her apartment. The court ruled for tenant and dismissed the case. Landlord had built tenant's apartment and four others on the roof of its building. Landlord hadn't gotten a new C of O for these apartments. Under the Multiple Dwelling Law, landlord was barred from starting a nonpayment proceeding against tenant.
Uptown Realty Unlimited, LLC v. Cruz: NYLJ, p. 23, col. 2 (7/15/98) (Civ. Ct. NY; Lau, J)