STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a decision that could impact dozens of tenants living in illegal apartments on Staten Island, a judge has ordered a West Brighton landlord to return the security deposit and pay the moving expenses of a tenant forced to leave her unit.
However, Judge Philip S. Straniere said Mary Beth Aquino wasn't entitled to the $1,200 in monthly rent she paid for her Elm Street apartment, because the rental agreement of an illegal dwelling is "unenforceable."
Even so, Ms. Aquino may have other legal recourse. The judge said she could sue the real-estate agent who helped locate the apartment, for failure to determine if it was legal.
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By Frank Donnelly/Staten Island Advance