November 7, 2007.
The following papers, numbered 1-3, were read on this motion:
PAPERS NUMBEREDNotice of Petition Holdover 1 Amended Notice of Petition Holdover 2 Petition Holdover 3
Cross-Motion: Yes [x] No
Upon the foregoing papers, it is ordered that the unopposed petition by Petitioner-Landlord, 609 West Associates, LP for a final Judgment of possession is denied.
The petitioner-landlord seeks to initiate a summary proceeding, pursuant to Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law § 701, to regain possession of an apartment located in the basement of a multiple dwelling. The subject apartment is not a legal dwelling, as defined by MDL § 301, and the summary proceeding may not be maintained in the Housing Court Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York. MDL § 302. Respondent-occupants have submitted no opposition papers.
Although not enumerated in § 701, the Supreme Court has concurrent jurisdiction over summary proceedings as a court of general jurisdiction.( Mahshie v Dooley, 48 Misc 2d 1098 [Onandaga Cty 1965]). However, it has been recognized by the Courts that, as a matter of practice, summary proceedings should not be tried in the Supreme Court. ( Mahsie, supra. See also, Sherer Fisher, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York, § 7:43 ["Supreme Court has discretion to decline jurisdiction over summary eviction proceedings and usually will transfer them to a court of more limited jurisdiction."])
Moreover, a summary proceeding for possession of real property is a statutory remedy and, as such, the petition must be strictly construed. If petitioner can not fit his situation into one of the categories in the statute, he must be relegated to his action in ejectment. ( Datta v Dasrath-Mark, 16 Misc 3d 1118 (A) ). The subject apartment, an illegal dwelling, does not fit into one of the categories of the statute. Since a summary proceeding may not be maintained in the Civil Court for the subject apartment, it cannot be maintained in the Supreme Court. Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that the unopposed petition by Petitioner-Landlord, 609 West Associates, LP for a final judgment of possession is denied.
This constitutes the decision and order of this Court.