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Linro Equipment Corp. v. Westage Tower Associates

New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
650 N.Y.S.2d 399 (1996)


Facts

In 1984, Linro Equipment Corporation (plaintiff) signed a contract with Westage Tower Associates (defendant) under which Linro provided coin-operated laundry machines on each floor of an apartment building Westage owned. Linro had limited access to the building. In 1985, the apartment building was converted to condominiums, and Westage sold individual units. In 1987, Linro exercised its option to renew its contract until 2001. In 1994, Westage terminated the agreement and directed Linro to remove its laundry machines from the building. Linro brought suit, arguing that the agreement was a valid lease, meaning that Westage could not unilaterally force Linro to leave. The New York Supreme Court found that the agreement was a lease and granted Linro a temporary restraining order. Westage appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Peters, J.)

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