Preferential Rent Charged on Base Date
LVT Number: 18975
Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed that the rent demanded was more than the legal rent. Landlord argued that it had charged tenant a preferential rent that was later discontinued. After a trial, the court ruled for tenant. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant didn't receive a written lease setting forth the legal and preferential rent when he moved in, and he paid rent of $900 per month. The court properly ruled that $900 was the base legal rent because there was no lease agreement showing that the rent was preferential.
Curry v. Battistotti: NYLJ, 6/9/06, p. 35, col. 1 (App. T. 1 Dept.; McCooe, JP, Gangel-Jacob, J)