A landlord commenced a holdover proceeding against a rent-stabilized Tenant who consistently disregarded his obligations under both his written lease and the Rent Stabilization Code by refusing to provide the Landlord with access to make repairs in the apartment. The Tenant continuously contacted HPD to report violations in the apartment and would then refuse to provide access once a violation was issued. The tenant’s refusal to provide the landlord with access resulted in the landlord being unable to remedy the various issues in the apartment.
Ultimately, the Landlord requested access to make repairs 27 individual times by sending written requests to the tenant. The tenant ignored each of these 27 requests and continued to refuse access. At the request of the landlord, KMWB commenced a holdover proceeding against the tenant based on his persistent refusal to provide access to the landlord. After the trial, the court ruled in favor of the landlord and issued a warrant of eviction that could be executed if the tenant did not provide access within ten days. Nikolaos Preponis represented the landlord.