NYCHA Can Evict Tenant for Drug Sales from Apartment
LVT Number: #24427
Landlord NYCHA sued to evict tenant and other apartment occupants for conducting an illegal business in the apartment. Landlord claimed that controlled substances were being sold from the apartment. Tenant claimed that the activities weren't "trade, manufacture, other business," so there were no grounds for eviction. The court ruled for landlord. Evidence showed that the apartment was used to further an illegal business of trading and manufacturing heroin and marijuana for commercial use. Tenant knew or should have known that the apartment was being used for this purpose.
NYCHA Ocean Bay Apartments v. Alston: Index No. 10666/12, NYLJ No. 1202573727892 (Civ. Ct. Queens; 7/26/12; Hoyos, J)