Tenant Must Pay Rent Despite Water Damage

Facts: The owner of a commercial building served a tenant a three-day notice demanding back rent. The tenant did not respond to the notice, and the owner sued for payment. The tenant claimed that it had been forced to move and stopped paying rent because an alleged water leak, which the tenant claimed the owner refused to fix, had caused water damage in the space and made it unsafe.

Decision: A New York trial court ruled in favor of the owner.

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