Submetered Electric Charges Improperly Included in Rent Demand

April 26, 2018
LVT Number: #28363

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant asked the court to dismiss the case. He claimed that landlord's rent demand failed to set forth a good faith approximation of rent due. Landlord claimed that it was entitled to seek electric charges under a DHCR order. The rent demand sought tenant's share of rent plus electric charges on different dates, and claimed rent due of $50 and $1,410 for electric charges. The court ruled for tenant.

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5-15 W. 91st St. LLC v. Williams: Index No. 67943/17, NYLJ No. 152123107 (Civ. Ct. NY; 3/7/18; Stanley, J)