Tenant Can Raise Financial Hardship Defense

LVT Number: #31178

Landlord sued to evict unregulated tenant occupying a co-op apartment for nonpayment of rent in November 2018. After a default judgment and warrant were issued in February 2019, the court granted tenant's order to show cause to stay execution of the warrant in late 2019. Later, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all evictions were administratively stayed from mid-March 2020 through Sept. 30, 2020. Landlord then requested, pursuant to DRP 213 issued by the court on Aug. 12, 2020, to execute on the warrant of eviction. Tenant now owed $18,371.

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