LEASES

Tenant Mental Health Care Provider Not Responsible for Fire Caused by Subtenant

April 25, 2017    

Landlord’s insurer sued the tenant of several apartments for negligence and breach of contract. Tenant, a not-for-profit organization, sublet the apartments to individuals who participated in their support...

Tenant Wanted to Add Roommate as Co-Tenant

February 15, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of improper lease renewal. She claimed that the legal rent on her renewal lease was incorrect and that she was being charged improperly an additional fee to have her boyfriend added...

Lease Mistakenly Changed Combined Apartments from Rent Controlled to Stabilized

February 13, 2017    

Landlord and tenant signed a lease for three combined apartments in 1975 that changed tenant’s status from rent-controlled tenant of his prior apartment to rent-stabilized tenant of the combined apartments. In...

Landlord Offered Tenant a Proper Vacancy Lease

February 22, 2016    

Tenant complained that landlord didn’t give him a proper rent-stabilized lease. Tenant moved into the apartment in 1974 under a loft lease. In 2007, the building became subject to rent stabilization under a...

Landlord Denied Request to Transfer Apartment to Family Member

July 24, 2015    

Landlord cooperative corporation sued to evict shareholder tenants for assigning their proprietary lease and co-op shares to their son in violation of their lease. The court granted tenant’s request to dismiss...

Landlord Offered Proper Rent-Stabilized Lease to Former Loft Tenant

May 20, 2015    

Under a Loft Board Order, tenant's building was no longer an Interim Multiple Dwelling (IMD) and became subject to rent stabilization. Tenant then complained to the DHCR that landlord offered her an improper...

HPD Approval Needed for Lease in City-Owned Building

January 26, 2015    

Tenants' association sued to void a lease entered with tenant for an apartment in a building owned by the City of New York. The court ruled for the tenants' association. Tenant appealed and lost. Because the...

Tenants Can't Sue HUD, DHCR for Submetering Clause in Lease

November 25, 2014    

Tenants and former tenants of Yonkers Section 8 apartment complex sued HUD and the DHCR. Landlord had submetered electricity at the buildings when it refinanced the building in 2008 and, under a lease form mandated...

Tenant Can Operate Daycare Center in Her Apartment

September 25, 2014    

Landlord sued to evict tenant, claiming that tenant was illegally using her apartment as a daycare center in substantial violation of her lease. The court granted tenant's request to dismiss the case. Tenant was...

Co-op Occupant Claims He's Joint Tenant Shareholder

August 18, 2014    

Co-op tenant shareholder sued apartment occupant, claiming that in 1990 they had agreed that occupant would live in the apartment without paying rent but that occupant would pay maintenance, assessments, and other...

Lease Clause Requiring Automatic Debit Payments Unenforceable

August 17, 2014    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court. Tenant later sought more time to pay back rent owed under the agreement. Landlord...

Was Lease Signed by 17-Year-Old Valid?

July 18, 2014    

Landlord sued two co-tenants for breaching their lease. One tenant defaulted. The other claimed that she was 17 years old when she signed the lease and therefore wasn't responsible for complying with its terms....

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