Rent-Stabilized Tenant's Son Gets Apartment
LVT Number: #28187
Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant after finding that rent-stabilized tenant was no longer there. Occupant claimed that he was the rent-stabilized tenant. The court ruled for tenant. Landlord appealed and lost. Prior landlord admitted that named tenant signed the lease in 1989 and paid the first month's rent, but never lived in the apartment. The occupant, who was his son, lived there for the next 23 years, never concealed his occupancy and paid rent directly to the prior landlord.
156 Prince Street, LLC v. Rothstein: 57 Misc.3d 156(A), 2017 NY Slip Op 51643(U) (App. T. 1 Dept.; 12/4/17; Lowe III, PJ, Schoenfeld, Shulman, JJ)