An East Village landlord trying to evict a woman from her rent-stabilized studio was thwarted in court after she argued successfully that her ultralow utility bills were merely a sign that she ate a lot of sushi. The retired Japanese translator has lived in the $992-a-month studio on 6th Street since 1980, but also owns a second home in Vermont. The landlord had hoped to demonstrate that low electric bills meant the apartment was unoccupied more than half of the year, but the tenant argued she ate take-out and didn’t need juice to make sushi. Freegans and raw foodists in rent-controlled digs, take note now. [NYDN]
The court case is wrapped up.