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March 2014 Archives

Court Dismisses Chronic Non-Payment Claim where Non-Payment Proceedings Occurred More than Six Years Ago

Repeated failures to pay rent which result in non-payment proceedings could result in eviction on the basis of "chronic non-payment."  While there is no specific number of non-payments that could result in eviction, Tenants have been evicted where there have been nine non-payments in three years. Not all non-payments count, however.  In a recent Bronx County Housing Court case, Mins Court Housing v. Wright, the landlord alleged that there were 12 prior non-payment proceedings in the last 22-years.  The Court, however, dismissed the case finding that nine of the proceedings occurred more than six years ago and therefore were barred by the six-year statute of limitations for contract claims.  In addition, in two of the more recent proceedings, the tenant had warranty of habitability or overcharge defenses.  Non-payment proceedings where a tenant has valid defenses  such as a bona fide habitability claim or dispute over the amount of rent owed rent do not count in a chronic non-payment case.  A mere inability to pay due to lack of money may excuse an isolated instance of non-payment but is not however a valid defense to chronic non-payment. 

Family Members Avoid Dispute and Sell Town House for $8 Million

Three remaining family members had been battling in Court for years over a large Upper West Side townhouse. They decided to settle the litigation by selling the townhouse. Each of the three had their own lawyers. But none of the three trusted the other's lawyers to handle the sale transaction.