December 05, 2014
Ms. H had been a resident of the same housing complex in Staten Island for nearly 40 years, living there with her elderly mother and her own two children, both of whom have learning and developmental disabilities. When Ms. H’s mother moved out of the apartment for health reasons, Ms. H. filed a grievance to succeed her mother’s tenancy and remain in her current apartment. NYCHA moved to prevent Ms. H from succeeding her mother’s lease on account of a misdemeanor conviction in 2012 for petit larceny, which can serve as a four-year bar to eligibility for NYCHA housing.
Weil associates worked to prepare for a hearing in housing court. After NYCHA failed to appear at the hearing, Weil submitted several affidavits attesting to Ms. H’s good character, along with a memo persuading NYCHA to allow Ms. H to keep her apartment and succeed her mother’s tenancy.
Ultimately the matter was resolved in Ms. H’s favor out of court and Ms. H was granted a new lease on the apartment, allowing her to remain in her home with her family.