NYCHA Must Perform Reasonable Inquiry to Avoid Overlapping Cases

LVT Number: #30484

Landlord NYCHA sued tenants in various buildings for nonpayment of rent. The court held a hearing to address the issue of overlapping rents sought in multiple proceedings involving different tenants. The petitions were not an individual mistake or an isolated event, although the petitions were signed by different managers and verified by different attorneys. In some cases, the multiple proceedings increased the risk of unlawful eviction. The court found that NYCHA's actions didn't meet a reasonable inquiry standard.

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NYCHA v. Various Tenants: 65 Misc.3d 1216(A), 2019 NY Slip Op 51660(U) (Civ. Ct. Bronx; 10/18/19; Sanchez, J)