Tenant not required to pay electricity charges to landlord.

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Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant, claiming that tenant breached a substantial obligation of the lease by not paying money to landlord that was due for electricity. The court granted tenant's request to dismiss the case. Tenant's initial lease required tenant to pay electric charges to a public utility company, not to landlord. So tenant didn't breach any substantial obligation of his tenancy. In 2004, the DHCR had granted prior landlord's application to convert from rent inclusion to rent exclusion of electric current by installing individual meters in the building apartments. In 2006, 2008, and 2010, tenant signed renewal leases that provide for a separate electric charge, but the space for the amount was left...

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