Landlord can't sue tenant who abandoned apartment #24320.


Landlord sued rent-stabilized tenant and tenant's sister in State Supreme Court, claiming that they owed over $78,000 in back rent or use and occupancy. Tenant moved into the apartment in 1989. Tenant's sister lived with her in the apartment. Tenant moved out of the apartment at some point, while her sister remained in occupancy. Landlord sued to evict tenant in 1997 for nonprimary residence and claimed that the sister was an illegal subtenant. Landlord abandoned that proceeding in 1998, and no further action was taken against tenant until 2007, when landlord sued to evict her for nonpayment of rent. That case was dismissed by the housing court in 2011 without prejudice because...

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