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In Re Bahram Benaresh, Petitioner v. New York City Loft Board

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


February 14, 2012

IN RE BAHRAM BENARESH, PETITIONER,
v.
NEW YORK CITY LOFT BOARD, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

Matter of Matter of Benaresh v New York City Loft Bd.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on February 14, 2012

Tom, J.P., Andrias, Catterson, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Determination of respondent New York City Loft Board, dated May 20, 2010, which, after a fact-finding hearing, set the legal base rent under the 1982 Loft Law of a loft unit owned by petitioner and occupied by respondent Annie Nocenti, unanimously confirmed, the petition denied, and the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, New York County [Anil C. Singh, J.], entered February 2, 2011), dismissed, without costs.

Respondent's order setting the current base rent of the loft unit pursuant to Multiple Dwelling Law § 286(2) and 29 RCNY § 2-06 was supported by substantial evidence, including a copy of the lease showing the rent most recently paid and accepted by the owner at the time of the enactment of the Loft Law (see Pell v Board of Educ. Of Union Free School Dist. No. 1 of Towns of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, Westchester County, 34 NY2d 222, 230--231 [1974]). The petitioner, who commenced this rent dispute application, and who had the burden of proof, failed to demonstrate that the Loft Board's order reducing the tenant's rent was not valid because of the tenant's laches, waiver or estoppel. Nor does the statute of limitations of CPLR 213-a apply to units subject to Loft Board rent regulation (see Matter of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community v New York City Loft Bd., 80 AD3d 323 [2010]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 14, 2012

CLERK

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