Rent-Stabilized Tenant's Aunt Didn't Prove Succession Rights

LVT Number: #30536

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for not renewing her lease. Landlord also named apartment occupant, who was tenant's aunt, in the eviction proceeding. The tenant had moved out, and the aunt claimed succession rights to the apartment. The trial court ruled for landlord. The aunt failed to prove an emotional and financial commitment and interdependence with tenant required to establish she was a family member. A close friendship, by itself, isn't sufficient to characterize a nontraditional family relationship.

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92nd St Venture v. Corbett: 65 Misc.3d 1221(A), 2019 NY Slip Op 51779(U)(Civ. Ct. NY; 11/6/19; Stoller, J)