Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department
December 1, 2010
Jonathan Einhorn, Petitioner-Landlord-Appellant,
Carlton McCloud, Respondent-Tenant-Respondent.
Landlord appeals from (1) an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County (Joseph E. Capella, J.), dated January 14, 2010, which granted tenant's motion to be restored to possession in a nonpayment summary proceeding on condition that tenant pay the amount of $6, 890 by January 20, 2010, and (2) an order, same court and Judge, dated January 25, 2010, which granted tenant's motion to be restored to possession on condition that tenant pay the amount of $6, 890 on or before January 26, 2010.
PRESENT: Hunter, Jr., J.P., McKeon, Shulman, JJ
Orders (Joseph E. Capella, J.), dated January 14, 2010 and January 25, 2010, affirmed, with one bill of $10 costs.
Pursuant to the so-ordered stipulation settling this nonpayment summary proceeding, landlord was awarded a judgment of possession and a recovery of rent arrears in the amount of $3, 600. The stipulation provided for the warrant of eviction to issue "forthwith, " with execution of the warrant stayed on condition that tenant comply with a specified payment schedule. The stipulation provided that, upon tenant's default in complying with the payment schedule, landlord could execute on the warrant.
While tenant was evicted for failing to comply with the payment schedule, the record demonstrates that, following the execution of the stipulation, he promptly and diligently applied to the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) for emergency rent relief, and when HRA denied his initial application, he promptly applied for relief from a charitable organization. After obtaining partial relief from the charitable organization, tenant was then successful when he re-applied to HRA for the remainder of the arrears (cf. Harvey 1390 LLC v Bodenheim, Misc.3d, 2010 NY Slip Op 20378 [App Term, 1st Dept 2010]; Diagonal Realty LLC v Gil, 29 Misc.3d 126 [A], 2010 NY Slip Op 51690[U] ). In view of tenant's diligence during the short period of time at issue, the long-term nature of the tenancy and the particular terms of the stipulation, Civil Court providently exercised its discretion in granting tenant's prompt motions to be restored to possession upon the condition that he pay the full rental arrears due. As the Appellate Division has stated, "[a]n indigent tenant who resides in an apartment for many years should not be evicted where [he] has made diligent efforts to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement, only to be stymied by events beyond [his] control" (2246 Holding Corp. v Nolasco, 52 A.D.3d 377, 378 ; cf. Chelsea 19 Assoc. v James, 67 A.D.3d 601 ).
We note that tenant's inability to comply with the court's first order requiring payment within six days was occasioned by a one-day processing delay by HRA; that tenant instituted the second order to show cause on the deadline date; and that tenant tendered the full amount due on the return date of his second order to show cause (see 2246 Holding Corp., supra).