Congratulations, Mr. Banks!

We recently had the pleasure of protecting the tenancy of Jose Banks: original hipster, New Yorker for 50 years, and all around sweetheart.  He had been taking care of his elderly aunt Georgina ("Tía Georgie") at their apartment in Upper Manhattan since before the world trade center attacks.  When she passed away, his landlord promptly served him with eviction papers.

Jose with his brother and Tía Georgie.

Jose with his brother and Tía Georgie.

Jose in the apartment, in 1962.

Jose in the apartment, in 1962.

 

It took years to get to the jury trial, and Jose's family and friends rallied to testify for him.  After a three-day trial, the jurors returned a verdict that (1) Jose and his aunt shared significant financial and emotional commitments and interdependence, and (2), the apartment in question was the primary residence of each of them for the year prior to her death.

For these reasons, Jose was entitled to succession of his aunt's rent-stabilized tenancy as a nontraditional family member.  Jose can continue to live in the apartment he has called home for half a century.

Congratulations, Jose!  We are all so happy for you.

Posted on March 14, 2016 .