Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: May 2014

April 24, 2014    

DOB Violations: Tenant's Rental to Tourists Violated Building Code

DOB issued violation notices to landlord for operating an apartment building for transient use, as well as related violations of sprinkler, egress, and fire alarm regulations based on the building's use for...

Landlord v. Tenant: March 2014

February 24, 2014    

Pets: Tenant Must Walk Dog Outside with Leash and Muzzle

Landlord sued to evict tenant for keeping a dog and cat in his apartment in violation of his lease. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court. Landlord agreed that tenant could keep his pets if tenant walked the...

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2014

December 18, 2013    

Building Violations: Displaced Tenants Sue Landlord and HPD for Relocation Costs

In November 2012, HPD inspected landlord's building and issued three Class "I" violations, which directed tenants to vacate their apartments. These orders followed prior HPD violations that...

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2013

November 21, 2013    

DOB Violations: Landlord Didn't Add Handicap Ramp During Alterations

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to provide building access to people with disabilities. The violation stated that there was no ramp at the front entrance of the building. Landlord claimed that...

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2013

October 24, 2013    

DOB Violations: Building Staircase Leaning Out of Plumb

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain its building in a code-compliant manner. DOB's inspector reported that the staircase from the fourth floor to the roof was leaning out of plumb. The stringer,...

Landlord v. Tenant: October 2013

September 24, 2013    

Eviction: Court Vacates Settlement After Landlord Renews Tenant’s Lease

Landlord sued to evict elderly rent-stabilized tenant in 2009, claiming that tenant refused access to the apartment to exterminate bedbugs. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court. Tenant...

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2013 Special Issue

September 5, 2013    

Each month our sister publication, New York Landlord v. Tenant, summarizes approximately 60 decisions by the courts and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) involving owners and tenants. In this Special Issue, we’ll take a look at the year’s...

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2013

August 22, 2013    

DOB Violations: Landlord Can't Do Decorative Repairs While Full Stop-Work Order in Effect

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for continuing work despite the issuance of a stop-work order (SWO). The notice described the violation as "work in progress at front; enlargement...

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2013

July 24, 2013    

DOS Violations: Landlord Didn't Make Reasonable Efforts to Keep Curbline Clean

DOS issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to clean 18 inches into the street in front of his building. DOB's inspector noted that she observed bottles, napkins, paper bags, food containers...

Landlord v. Tenant: July 2013

June 21, 2013    

Discrimination: Landlord Fined $185,000 for Not Accommodating Wheelchair-Bound Tenant

Disabled tenant complained to the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that landlord failed to provide a reasonable accommodation, in violation of the city’s Human Rights Law. Tenant...

Landlord v. Tenant: June 2013

May 20, 2013    

DOB Violations: Clothes Dryers in Basement Without Automatic Sprinkler

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord after finding four clothes dryers in the basement without any sprinkler system. DOB's inspector observed four washers and four dryers connected by...

Landlord v. Tenant: May 2013

April 24, 2013    

Attorney's Fees: No Attorney’s Fees for Landlord After Harassment Claim Dismissed

Tenant sued landlord in housing court for harassment and asked for a restraining order. The court ruled against tenant after a trial and dismissed the case. Landlord then asked...

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