ALTERATIONS TO APARTMENTS

Tenant Altered Apartment for Karate School

February 25, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict residential tenant based on a breach of a substantial obligation of the tenancy. Landlord claimed that tenant made illegal alterations and used the apartment for a karate school. Landlord also...

Co-op Shareholder Tenant Made Alterations Without Landlord's Consent

December 23, 2018    

Landlord cooperative corporation sued to evict shareholder tenant for altering her apartment without landlord's permission. Landlord claimed that tenant performed extensive work in her apartment bathroom,...

Tenant Who Performed Illegal Alterations Can Cure the Conditions

November 12, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for illegally altering his apartment. The trial court ruled for landlord but gave tenant a postjudgment opportunity to cure. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant proved...

Co-op Reasonably Withheld Consent to Shareholder Tenant's Request

September 20, 2018    

Cooperative shareholder tenant sued landlord co-op corporation for breach of contract, claiming that the co-op unreasonably withheld consent to tenant's proposed unit alterations. The court granted the co-op'...

Co-op Tenant Must Remove Washing Machine Barred by House Rule

July 22, 2018    

Landlord cooperative corporation sued to evict shareholder tenant for installing a washing machine in her unit in 2017 in violation of the building's house rules. Tenant pointed out that landlord had allowed her...

Co-op Board Improperly Waived Shareholder Tenant's Consent to Terrace Request

October 28, 2017    

The shareholder tenant of eight co-op apartments on the first floor of a building, who didn't live in any of the units, sued landlord cooperative corporation board as well as the shareholder tenant who lived...

Landlord Can't Evict Rent-Stabilized Tenants for Staircase Installation

August 28, 2017    

Landlord sued rent-stabilized tenants, seeking a court order to make them provide access to their apartments so that landlord could install new staircases in the building. Landlord also sought removal of tenants from...

Landlord Claims Co-Op Tenant Installed HVAC System Without Permission

June 21, 2016    

Landlord cooperative corporation sued to evict shareholder tenant for breaching his proprietary lease. Landlord claimed that tenant installed a central air-conditioning system in his apartment without landlord’...

Landlord Can Evict Tenants If They Don’t Remove Washing Machine

June 17, 2016    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenants for keeping and using a washing machine in their apartment, in violation of their lease. Landlord and tenants, each represented by attorneys, signed a settlement...

Landlord Waited Too Long to Seek Eviction

December 15, 2015    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for performing unauthorized alterations in his apartment. The court granted tenant’s request to dismiss the case. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord’s claim was time-barred...

Tenant Can Cure Unauthorized Alterations After Trial

July 21, 2015    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for violating his lease by performing unauthorized alterations in his apartment. The court ruled for landlord after trial and gave tenant 10 days to cure. Landlord...

Tenant Constructed Loft in Apartment

July 19, 2015    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for breaching her lease and creating a nuisance by making illegal alterations in her apartment. Landlord claimed that tenant had constructed a loft in the apartment. Tenant claimed that...