RENEWAL LEASES

Landlord Can't Claim Tenant Paid Preferential Rent Without Proof

April 28, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for failing to sign a proper and timely offered renewal lease. Tenant claimed that she refused to sign the renewal lease because it wasn't offered on the same terms...

Tenant Claims Long-Standing Debris Caused Stairway Slip and Fall

March 23, 2020    

Tenant sued landlord for negligence, claiming that she slipped and fell on her apartment building stairway. Tenant said there was a repeated and long-standing hazardous debris condition, including chicken bones,...

Landlord Needn't Add Parking Space Provision to Tenant's Renewal Lease

March 23, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained that landlord sent an improper renewal lease offer. The DRA ruled for tenant in part, finding that: (a) landlord had to amend the renewal lease offer to include the specific term of...

Renewal Lease Complaint Dismissed Based on Nonrenewal Notice

February 24, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord refused to renew his lease. The DRA ruled against tenant because landlord claimed that the apartment wasn't tenant's primary residence and, for this...

Altered Lease Submitted by Tenant Rejected in Renewal Lease Claim

February 24, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge and an improper renewal lease offer. She claimed that she was a friend of the prior landlord and was also the building super who had paid a preferential rent. The...

Landlord Offered Proper Renewal Lease Post-Mitchell-Lama

February 24, 2020    

Tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord failed to offer him a legal lease ever since his apartment became rent stabilized in 2007. He also claimed that rent registrations for his unit were fraudulent. The DRA...

Rent-Stabilized Tenant Can't Add Son-in-Law as Co-Tenant

February 21, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR when landlord refused to add the name of her son-in-law to her renewal lease as a co-tenant. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant argued that her...

Preferential Rent Renewal Provisions Under HSTPA Not Effective Retroactively

February 21, 2020    

Tenant complained to the DHCR, claiming that landlord had offered her an improper rent-stabilized renewal lease. In 2011, she moved into the apartment with a monthly preferential rent of $1,250. In November 2016 her...

Landlord Gave Proper Renewal Lease Offer

December 18, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained that landlord offered her an improperly backdated renewal lease. The DRA dismissed tenant's complaint because landlord had sent tenant a renewal lease offer dated July 24, 2017,...

Landlord Can't Evict Tenant Who Had Lease Under LINC Program

November 21, 2019    

Landlord of three-family dwelling sued to evict month-to-month tenant who received Living in Communities (LINC) program benefits. Landlord claimed that there was no effective lease. The court ruled against landlord...

Landlord Must Renew Tenant's Lease Despite Pending Court Proceeding

November 20, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord refused to renew her lease. Landlord argued that it had sued to evict tenant based on nonprimary residence and that it would give tenant a renewal lease if...

Court Orders DHCR to Permit Lease Renewal Without Discounted Rent Provision

November 19, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $338 with interest. The DRA found that tenant's legal rent was $1,425 for the two-year lease term...