Rent-Stabilized Tenant's Niece Can't Get Apartment

LVT Number: #29982

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant after rent-stabilized tenant died. Occupant claimed that she was tenant's niece and that she was entitled to succession rights. The court ruled for landlord after a trial. Tenant lived in the apartment as his primary residence until he died in 2018. The niece showed that she moved in with tenant in 2014. But a niece doesn't qualify as a family member under rent stabilization, and the niece didn't present sufficient proof that she qualified as a nontraditional family member through emotional and financial commitment.

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Tri-Bel, LP v. Everett: Index No. 64957/2018, 2019 NY Slip Op 50239(U) (Civ. Ct. Bronx; 2/20/19; Lutwak, J)