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Date: 07-07-2015

Case Style: Progressive Realty Assoc., L.P. v White

Case Number: 2015 NY Slip Op 05878

Judge: Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Andrias, Moskowitz, Gische, JJ.

Court: Supreme Court, New York County

Plaintiff's Attorney: Sperber Denenberg & Kahan, P.C., New York (Jacqueline Handel-Harbour of counsel)

Defendant's Attorney: Jamal White, respondent pro se.

Description: Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Joan M. Kenney, J.), entered November 6, 2014, which denied plaintiff's motion for summary judgement on its claims for an order of ejectment seeking to remove defendant from the subject premises and for dismissal of defendant's counterclaims, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion granted. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.

Plaintiff landlord seeks to eject defendant from a cellar apartment in a multiple dwelling. The apartment was leased to defendant's ex-wife in 1997. Defendant was listed as an occupant on the household composition form, but his name was removed in 2006.

In 2008, defendant's ex-wife advised plaintiff that she wished to terminate the lease. Although defendant had not resided in the apartment for 5 years, he moved back into the unit after his ex-wife moved out. In December 2009, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal terminated defendant's proceeding seeking a renewal lease based on defendant's failure to provide requested information.

The certificate of occupancy designates the unit as a "SUPT'S APT." Defendant is not and has never been the building's superintendent. Plaintiff has offered defendant apartments of a comparable size in other buildings, which defendant refused

Outcome: Plaintiff is entitled to summary judgment on its ejectment claim, having established as a matter of law that residential occupancy of the cellar apartment is illegal

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