LEASES

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...

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...

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