A housing dispute was dismissed on the grounds that it dealt with a family relationship, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a decision article published December 5, 2012.
The man, a superintendent, obtained the unit through his employment and sought to evict his ex-girlfriend on the basis that she did not reside with him but was a mere licensee. The couple had been together for roughly 25 years and had lived together for several years. Based on the nature of the pairâ€™s relationship, the ex-girlfriend argued that she had a right to occupy the apartment since they had a familial relationship. The man argued that since they were not married his ex-girlfriendâ€™s argument had no basis.
The court found that for the last several years, Â the pair had carried themselves out as an emotionally and financially committed couple. The court favored the ex-girlfriendâ€™s argument stating that her occupancy was solely based on the coupleâ€™s relationship. The court therefore dismissed the manâ€™s petition on the grounds they lacked jurisdiction.
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