‘Sushi Defense’ Fails to Save East Village Woman’s Rent-Controlled Apartment

Oh, Futomaki!

A woman who works as a translator repeatedly argued that almost-nonexistent utility usage was a sign she just ate a lot of sushi and take-out food, not that she didn't actually live in her rent-stabilized East Village apartment, but the Appellate Division of the Housing Court didn't buy it. A lawyer for the landlord, who wants to jack the rent and get on with things after a six-year legal battle, says, "We continue to believe she lives in Vermont." [NYDN, Earlier]