Castleton Estates, Application of

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court (New York)
Writing for the CourtNATHAN
Citation208 Misc. 824,147 N.Y.S.2d 889
Decision Date14 October 1955
PartiesApplication of CASTLETON ESTATES, Inc., Petitioner, for an order to Review an Order of Charles Abrams, State Rent Administrator, constituting the Temporary State Housing Rent Commission, Respondent.

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147 N.Y.S.2d 889
208 Misc. 824
Application of CASTLETON ESTATES, Inc., Petitioner, for an
order to Review an Order of Charles Abrams, State
Rent Administrator, constituting the
Temporary State Housing Rent
Commission, Respondent.
Supreme Court, Special Term, New York County, Part I.
Oct. 14, 1955.

Alvin Jay Feldman, New York City, for petitioner.

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Hortense W. Gabel, New York City (Robert B. Keyes, Brooklyn, of counsel), for respondent.

NATHAN, Justice.

Motion to review and annul order of respondent, State Rent Administrator is denied. In refusing to decontrol the landlord petitioner's housing accommodations respondent held that these were not 'housing accommodations in * * * two family houses' within the meaning of the Emergency Housing Rent Control Law, L.1946, ch. 274, § 2, subd. 2, as amended, McKinney's Unconsol.Laws, § 8582(2) (i), and State Rent and Eviction Regulations, § 9, subd. 12, McK.Unconsol.Laws Appendix which remove control from such accommodations which become vacant on or after April 1, 1953. The apartments in question are located in various buildings in Castleton Park, an area owned by the petitioner which is described as including 'twenty-six structures covering approximately six acres on three levels: one seven-story manually operated elevator apartment having three apartments per floor, totaling twenty-two apartments; one four-[208 Misc. 825] story manually operated elevator apartment having four apartment per floor, totaling seventeen apartments; twenty-two cottages of sixty-four varied sized apartments of 3 1/2 to 7 rooms; one two-story garage and carpenter maintenance shop and two summer houses. Castleton Park is served by one-third mile of private road having a twenty-five foot road bed and, in addition, there are sidewalks of approximately the same length. * * * Public space indoors and outdoors available for play and sitting, lawn areas and two tennis courts are served, as well as 2,000 square feet indoor space, known as the grill.' All the units receive their heat and hot water from a common central heating unit. Concededly the apartments in question are located in two-family structures, some of which are semidetached and some fully detached. A New York City certificate of occupancy for one such structure describes it as a two-family dwelling. But such certificate of occupancy has been held not conclusive upon a determination under the emergency housing rent law. Matter of Saxon House, Inc.,...

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