Holdover-Chronic Rent Delinquency/Failure to Verify Income
Appellate Division, First Department
New York County (Manhattan)
L&T / Index / Case / Docket / Clerk's Number
Slip Opinion Number
2024 NY Slip Op 00156
Robert Michael Williams Jr.
New York City Housing Authority
Manzanet-Daniels, J.P., Webber, Friedman, Shulman, Rosado
Post-judgment Motion by NYCHA
Motion Granted for NYCHA
Landlord Substantially Won
The Appellate Division upheld the NYCHA Hearing Officer's denial of petitioner's application to vacate a default judgment for chronic rent delinquency and failure to verify income. The tenant failed to convince the court he had a valid reason for missing the hearing or a strong defense to the underlying charges. This case highlights key legal points: 1) Tenants in eviction proceedings must attend hearings or present valid excuses for absence; 2) Default judgments stand if tenants lack justification for non-appearance and weak defenses; and 3) Courts can lift stays on eviction proceedings when initial rulings are grounded in reason. This reaffirms the importance of tenant responsibilities in court proceedings and the potential consequences of negligence.
"Matter of Williams v. New York City Hous. Auth." (2024). All Decisions. 1321.