RCG UA GLENWOOD LLC v. YOUNG

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Supreme Court, Appellate Term, New York.

RCG-UA GLENWOOD, LLC, Appellant, v. Ronald YOUNG, Respondent.

Decided: July 21, 2005

Present:  RUDOLPH, P.J., ANGIOLILLO and TANENBAUM, JJ. Andrew M. Romano, Yonkers (Marc J. Bagan of counsel), for appellant. Legal Aid Services of Hudson Valley, Yonkers (Barbara Finkelstein, Nancy J. Marrone and Barbara Wolfert of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal by landlord from a final judgment of the City Court of Yonkers, Westchester County (R. Cerrato, J.), entered February 23, 2004, which, in effect, dismissed the petition.

Final judgment unanimously affirmed without costs.

The record supports the City Court's determination that tenant, who suffers from schizo-affective disorder, is handicapped within the meaning of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHAA) (42 USC § 3601 et seq.;   see 42 USC § 3602[h] ) and that the clutter conditions in the apartment, now removed, were a result of his disorder.

The record also supports the City Court's determination that, through the treatment program and assistance that St. Joseph's Medical Center had given tenant (and had committed to continue giving him), tenant's condition was shown to have greatly improved.   While the FHAA does not require a landlord to abide conduct constituting a nuisance, it does, in the circumstances presented, require that tenant be accommodated to the extent of being afforded an opportunity to continue to reside in the apartment pursuant to the aforementioned treatment program (42 USC § 3604[f];  see Blalock v. Amityville Senior Dev., N.Y.L.J., Nov. 12, 1999 [E.D.N.Y.];  Roe v. Housing Auth. of City of Boulder, 909 F.Supp. 814 [D.Colo.1995];  Roe v. Sugar River Mills Assoc., 820 F.Supp. 636 [D.N.H.1993] ).   Accordingly, the City Court properly dismissed the petition.