Tenant Illegally Altered Apartment
LVT Number: #20375
Landlord sued to evict tenant for performing illegal "gut" alterations to his apartment. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court. Tenant agreed to remedy the unlawful alterations. Landlord later claimed that tenant disregarded the terms of the settlement agreement and returned to court, seeking eviction. After a hearing, the court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. At the hearing, landlord showed that tenant had failed to seek or obtain landlord's approval for the architectural plans tenant had filed. Tenant also used illegal plumbing materials in attempting to remedy the illegal alterations. Tenant clearly violated the settlement agreement, for which both sides had attorney representation.
88th Realty LLC v. Liu: NYLJ, 4/8/08, p. 26, col. 1 (App. T. 1 Dept.; McKeon, PJ, Schoenfeld, Heitler, JJ)