Friday, July 21, 2017

CAN RENT BE COLLECTED FOR AN ILLEGAL APARTMENT?



Madden v. Juillet, 2015 NY Slip Op 50214 - NY: Appellate Term, 2nd Dept. 2015

"....Defendant cross-appeals from the judgment, arguing that she does not owe the $800 which was awarded to plaintiff for April 2012 rent because the premises was an illegal basement apartment and because plaintiff breached the warranty of habitability.

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Contrary to defendant's contention, the absence of a certificate of occupancy for the lower-level apartment does not bar the recovery of rent (see Sinclair v Ramnarace, 36 Misc 3d 150[A], 2012 NY Slip Op 51671[U] [App Term, 9th & 10th Jud Dists 2012]; Pickering v Chappe, 29 Misc 3d 6 [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2010]; Schweighofer v Straub, 23 Misc 3d 132[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 50730[U] [App Term, 9th & 10th Jud Dists 2009]; Corbin v Briley, 192 Misc 2d 503 [App Term, 9th & 10th Jud Dists 2002]; Tuzel v Reilert, NYLJ, Dec. 3, 1996 [App Term, 9th & 10th Jud Dists])."

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