Subtenant Becomes Rent-Stabilized Tenant Based on Illusory Tenancy

Subtenant Becomes Rent-Stabilized Tenant Based on Illusory Tenancy



LVT Number: #29782

Subtenant sued landlord, claiming that he was rent stabilized and that landlord overcharged him. He claimed that the apartment had an illusory prime tenant. The court ruled for tenant, finding that he was the apartment's rent-stabilized tenant and entitled to a lease. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant showed that DHCR rent registrations filed by landlord reflected that various relatives of landlord's principal were tenants of apartments actually occupied by other people.

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Meyer v. 224 Lafayette St. Corp.: 2018 NY Slip Op 07259 (App Div. 1 Dept.; 10/30/18; Sweeny, JP, Mazzarelli, Kahn, Oing, Singh, JJ)