Rolling Realty LLC v. Dubinsky
On March 10, 2006, in Rolling Realty LLC v. Dubinsky, Civ.Ct. N.Y.Co., Index No. L&T 98864/05 (Schneider, J.), the trial court issued an important decision which recognized limits on the use of an alleged warranty of habitability as an excuse for the nonpayment of rent. Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP prevailed at trial and defeated the respondent-tenant’s warranty of habitability defense which alleged the landlord had placed noisy tenants in an adjacent apartment and encouraged them to make intolerable noise in an effort to drive the respondent from his apartment. The respondent-tenant was ordered to pay the entire balance of unpaid rent, plus the landlord’s attorneys’ fees and costs.