LEASES

Two Weeks Added to Two-Year Vacancy Lease Didn't Invalidate It

August 24, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $2,296, including interest after the DRA disallowed a portion of the individual apartment improvement (IAI...

Vacancy Lease Rent Rider Sufficiently Documented Preferential Rent

July 27, 2018    

(Decision submitted by Tony Subraj, Vice President of Zara Realty, representing the landlord.)

On-Time Rent Discount in Rent-Stabilized Lease Is Improper Late Fee

July 19, 2018    

Tenants complained of rent overcharge and claimed that their apartment was improperly deregulated in 2007 while the building received J-51 tax benefits. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding that the apartment was rent...

Residency Agreement for Occupant in Rehab Program Wasn't a Lease

April 22, 2018    

Tenant, a community service provider, sued to evict occupant it claimed was a subtenant, for nonpayment of rent. After trial, the court ruled against tenant. The apartment occupant was a licensee, not a tenant, and...

Landlord Properly Charged Vacancy Increase to Replace Tenant with Occupant

February 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a lease violation and rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord had agreed to add co-tenant to her lease but, at the time...

Tenant Getting Enhanced Voucher Assistance Entitled to Renewal Lease

February 16, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict tenant after tenant's lease expired. Tenant claimed that she received enhanced voucher assistance through the Section 8 program and therefore was protected from eviction without cause. The...

Tenant Who Refused to Sign Vacancy Lease Was Still Rent Stabilized

January 26, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict tenant, claiming that tenant wasn't subject to rent stabilization because he had refused to sign a vacancy lease. The court ruled for landlord, awarding it possession and $13,700 in back...

Lease Nonrenewal Notice Improper Because Term of Lease Wasn't Clear

December 20, 2017    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonprimary residence. The court dismissed the case. Landlord was required to send tenant a notice of intent not to renew tenant's lease between 90 and 150 days...

Rent-Stabilized Tenant Never Received Vacancy Lease

December 17, 2017    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonprimary residence when tenant's two-year renewal lease expired in 2017. Tenant asked the court to dismiss the case because landlord never gave him a vacancy...

Landlord Can't Prove Tenant Broke a Two-Year Lease Agreement

November 22, 2017    

Landlord sued former tenant for breach of contract. Landlord claimed that tenant moved out with 11 months remaining on a two-year lease. Tenant claimed that he had a one-year lease, with the possibility of extending...

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...

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