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Brooklyn tenants sue over pet eviction

March 19, 2012 11:30AM

Two Brooklyn tenants are suing their landlord, saying their eviction from the apartment they share due to pet ownership is invalid, the New York Post reported.

Susan Kane and Tom Fletcher, residents of a rent-stabilized building in Sunset Park, claim their landlord Sahit Hadzovic’s bid to evict them is about rent, not their two cats, bird and goldfish, the Post said.

A lawyer for the tenants, who pay $896 per month, said that landlord can enforce a no-pets clause only within three months of finding out about the animals, and also pointed to an advertisement for a $1,530 apartment in the same building that states that cats and dogs are okay.

“The lady signed a lease that said no pets allowed … They’re not allowed,” a man that answered the phone at Hadzovic’s home told the Post. [Post]