BUILDING VIOLATIONS

Rent-Impairing Violation Prevented Eviction for Nonpayment

November 23, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. In response, tenant claimed that there were rent-impairing violations. The court ruled for tenant, without a trial. Tenant showed that under Multiple Dwelling Law...

Former and New Landlords Didn't Repair Housing Code Violations

May 25, 2020    

Tenants sued landlord, seeking correction of Housing Code violations at their building. Landlord and tenants signed a settlement agreement in court. Landlord agreed to correct violations and pay civil and contempt...

Condo Can Install Roof Protections on Neighboring Landlord's Roof

March 23, 2020    

A condominium building (the condo) sued neighboring landlord of next-door residential building (landlord) and asked the court to grant the condo access to landlord's building in order to install and maintain roof...

Landlord Committed Public Nuisance by Renting Building for Short-Term Stays

April 25, 2019    

The city sued landlord to abate a public nuisance and asked for a preliminary injunction against landlord while the case was pending. The city claimed that landlord rented building apartments to tourists or other...

Landlord Held in Contempt for Failing to Correct Violations

April 25, 2019    

Tenant sued landlord, seeking repairs. Tenant asked the court to find landlord in contempt for failing to comply with a default order. Landlord asked the court to vacate the default. The court noted that it had...

Brookhaven Landlord Convicted of Criminal Charges

December 26, 2018    

The Town of Brookhaven filed criminal charges against landlord for violating the Town Code by converting a single-family home to multifamily use by alterations performed without required building permits and...

Landlord's Employee Fined $10K for Advertising Short-Term Rentals on Airbnb

July 24, 2018    

The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) issued 10 violation notices to landlord's employee for unlawfully advertising apartments of three Lower East Side buildings for short-term rentals of less than...

Tenant Claims Excessive Apartment Heat Outside Heating Season

May 29, 2018    

Tenant brought an HP proceeding against landlord in housing court, claiming there was excessive heat in her apartment. HPD's inspector visited the apartment in September 2016 and found no violation. The court...

Building Was Altered Without Valid C of O

May 20, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for altering a building occupied without a valid certificate of occupancy (C of O). DOB's inspector observed a class A apartment in the cellar with full kitchen, gas...

Landlord Fined $1,000 for Advertising Short-Term Rental on Airbnb

April 22, 2018    

The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement issued a violation notice to landlord for unlawfully advertising for short-term rentals on Airbnb.com. Landlord objected at a hearing, although she admitted she had...

Mayor's Office Didn't Prove Landlord Advertised for Unlawful Short-Term Rentals

April 22, 2018    

The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement issued three violation notices to landlord after observing three separate unlawful advertisements for short-term apartment rentals on Airbnb.com's website, in...

Landlord Must Pay HPD Over $30,000 for Failing to Repair Conditions

December 19, 2017    

Tenant sued landlord, seeking removal of housing violations. The court issued an interim order directing landlord to correct class B violations. Tenant later asked the court to hold landlord in contempt for failing...