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Salaj v. Welsh – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Salaj v. Welsh, 2001 NY Slip Op 50015[U] [Hous Part, Civ Ct, Queens County 2001]), the court dismissed the proceeding, finding that an owner's previous recovery of an apartment in the building after service of a "Notice of Nonrenewal of Lease and Termination of Tenancy," but without obtaining a judgment of possession, precluded the co-owner from maintaining a proceeding to recover possession for her own personal use.

There, the court attempted to construe the statutory language "according to its natural and most obvious sense, without resorting to an artificial or forced construction."