Tenant Can't Vacate Settlement Agreement
LVT Number: #24571
Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Landlord claimed that tenant owed $46,450 in back rent for the period between May 2008 and March 2011. Tenant claimed that the building had no valid Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), so landlord couldn't sue for rent arrears. Tenant also claimed a breach of the warranty of habitability and sought a rent abatement. The court dismissed landlord's claim for rent for any period before Feb. 16, 2011, when landlord obtained a C of O. Landlord and tenant later signed a settlement agreement in court.