Respondent Carolyn Wright appeals from a final judgment of the Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County (Joseph E. Capella, J.), entered on or about September 21, 2010, after a non-jury trial, which awarded possession to petitioner in a holdover summary proceeding.
509 Realty Co., LLC v Wright
Decided on December 29, 2011
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APPELLATE TERM OF THE SUPREME COURT, FIRST DEPARTMENT
PRESENT: Lowe, III, P.J., Shulman, Torres, JJ
Final judgment (Joseph E. Capella, J.), entered on or about September 21, 2010, affirmed, without costs.
Appellant failed to meet her "affirmative obligation" of establishing succession rights to the rent stabilized apartment as a nontraditional family member of the departed tenant (see Rent Stabilization Code [9 NYCRR] § 2523.5[e]). While appellant claims to be tenant's cousin, that status does not qualify her as a protected "family member," as defined under rent stabilization (9 NYCRR § 2520.6[o]). The record compels the conclusion that appellant's relationship with tenant was not characterized by the "emotional and financial commitment and interdependence" required for nontraditional family succession (9 NYCRR § 2520.6[o]). No claim or showing was made that appellant and the departed tenant intermingled their finances, formalized legal obligations or jointly owned property (see GSL Enters. v Lopez, 239 AD2d 122 ). In this regard, appellant readily acknowledged that she and tenant shared no joint bank accounts and are not legatees of each other's estates, and, further, that the two have "different outlooks ... [and] like different things" and are not "close any more."
Although the trial court did not set forth the specific facts it deemed essential to its decision, as required by CPLR 4213(b), upon our independent review of the complete record (see Matter of Allen v Black, 275 AD2d 207, 209 ), we find, for the foregoing reasons, that the evidence supports the court's determination.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE COURT.
Decision Date: December 29, 2011
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