For several years, landlords in New York have defended against personal injury liability for mold, arguing that Fraser v. 301-52 Townhouse Corp., 870 N.Y.S.2d 266 (2008), established a categorical rule that epidemiological studies were insufficient to support a finding of causation for respiratory illnesses. In a recent Appellate Division decision, Cornell v. 360 West 51st Street Realty, LLC, 939 N.Y.S.2d 434 (App. Div. 2012), the Court clarified Fraser and held that the scientific evidence in each case should be evaluated under the Frye test, thus opening the door to mold cases.
New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, in 135 East 57th Street LLC v. Daffy’s Inc. was faced with the following facts. A retail chain had occupied high profile space for about 15 years. The tenant had the right to renew by notice to the Landlord to be delivered by January 31, 2010, a year prior to lease expiration. For no reason other than a mistake by the tenant’s controller, notice was not timely given. However an email and fax was sent (dated January 30, 2010) on February 4, 2010, purporting to exercise the option. The landlord on February 5, 2010, rejected the notice as being late, and accused the Tenant of back-dating the notice for its own purposes.
Expansion of Philadelphia Minimum Wage and Benefit Standards Could Impact Retail and Restaurant Tenants
Under a newly enacted City of Philadelphia Ordinance, some tenants in properties developed with financial assistance by the City of Philadelphia may now be required to comply with a minimum wage requirement that is 150% of the federal minimum wage. Benefits provided to full-time employees of tenants may also be impacted.
The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term has just reaffirmed that a landlord, under certain circumstances, may evict a tenant utilizing classic “self help” and without court action. In Sol De Ibiza, LLC v Panjo Realty, Inc. the landlord, after the tenant failed to comply with various rent demands, padlocked the door – which padlock the tenant then cut off – and which the landlord then replaced.