Judge Clifton A. Nembhard

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Lewis sought to recover possession of the first floor apartment in this holdover proceeding. Andrea Jordan moved for dismissal arguing Lewis lacked standing to commence and maintain the action. Lewis produced an Aug. 16, 2010 deed transferring title of the premises from AMIR Properties to her, and a lease between herself and respondents. Jordan claimed she became aware there may be an issue with the deed Oct. 2014 when Section 8 notified her Lewis was not the owner. She also claimed she stopped paying rent in 2015 as the apartment conditions became unbearable, sending her children to live elsewhere. Jordan testified she was offered a lease by 52nd Avenue LLC (LLC) since being told by Section 8 Lewis was not the landlord. The court noted ACRIS showed a deed was recorded April 2013 transferring title from H.T.A. Equities to LLC., noting the Dep’t of Finance, and DOB both recognized LLC as the premises’ owner. Thus, same put Lewis’s standing to maintain the case into question, noting the leases were unpersuasive as they were signed after LLC’s deed was recorded. Further, the court found Lewis was aware there was a question as to her title for several years, but took no action to resolve it, ruling she failed to establish standing and dismissed the petition.

Judge Clifton A. Nembhard

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Lewis sought to recover possession of the first floor apartment in this holdover proceeding. Andrea Jordan moved for dismissal arguing Lewis lacked standing to commence and maintain the action. Lewis produced an Aug. 16, 2010 deed transferring title of the premises from AMIR Properties to her, and a lease between herself and respondents. Jordan claimed she became aware there may be an issue with the deed Oct. 2014 when Section 8 notified her Lewis was not the owner. She also claimed she stopped paying rent in 2015 as the apartment conditions became unbearable, sending her children to live elsewhere. Jordan testified she was offered a lease by 52nd Avenue LLC (LLC) since being told by Section 8 Lewis was not the landlord. The court noted ACRIS showed a deed was recorded April 2013 transferring title from H.T.A. Equities to LLC., noting the Dep’t of Finance, and DOB both recognized LLC as the premises’ owner. Thus, same put Lewis ‘s standing to maintain the case into question, noting the leases were unpersuasive as they were signed after LLC’s deed was recorded. Further, the court found Lewis was aware there was a question as to her title for several years, but took no action to resolve it, ruling she failed to establish standing and dismissed the petition.