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Balfour Richards, Appellant v. Marjorie Piquant and Desmond St. Louis

November 26, 2012

BALFOUR RICHARDS, APPELLANT,
v.
MARJORIE PIQUANT AND DESMOND ST. LOUIS, RESPONDENTS.



Appeal from a judgment of the District Court of Nassau County, Second District (Tricia M. Ferrell, J.), entered June 4, 2010.

Richards v Piquant

Appellate Term, Second Department

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

This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

Decided on November 26, 2012

PRESENT: NICOLAI, P.J., IANNACCI and LaSALLE, JJ

Nov 26, 2012 --

The judgment, after a non-jury trial, dismissed the action.

ORDERED that the judgment is reversed, without costs, and the matter is remitted to the District Court for the entry of judgment in favor of plaintiff in the principal sum of $2,050.

Plaintiff, defendants' former landlord, commenced this small claims action to recover the sum of $2,650, representing one month's rent arrears of $1,600, plus late fees and unpaid cable and electric bills. Following a non-jury trial, the District Court dismissed the action. On appeal, plaintiff argues that the court erred in failing to award him the one month's rent and late fees for 10 months.

Plaintiff's proof established that December 2008 rent of $1,600 and late fees of $45 per month for 10 months had not been paid, and defendants did not testify that they had paid the December 2008 rent or the late fees, nor did they dispute plaintiff's testimony that they had paid the rent late for 10 months. Consequently, substantial justice between the parties (UDCA 1804, 1807) requires that the judgment be reversed and that plaintiff be awarded the principal sum of $2,050.

Accordingly, the judgment is reversed and the matter is remitted to the District Court for the entry of judgment in favor of plaintiff in the principal sum of $2,050.

Nicolai, P.J., Iannacci and LaSalle, ...


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