Nontraditional Family Member Doesn't Prove He Lived with Tenant Before She Died

LVT Number: #29856

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant after rent-stabilized tenant died. The occupant claimed succession rights as a nontraditional family member. The court granted landlord's request for pre-trial questioning and ordered occupant to furnish documents and appear for a deposition. Based on noncompliance, the court later struck occupant's answer to the eviction petition. Occupant appealed this decision and lost.

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New York University v. Nabulsi: Index No. 570746/17, 2018 NY Slip Op 51947(U)(App. T. 1 Dept.; 12/31/18; Ling-Cohan, JP, Gonzalez, Cooper, JJ)