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Joseph Martin, Jr., Delicatessen, Inc. v. Schumacher
Citation:52 N.Y.2d 105, 417 N.E.2d 541
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Joseph Martin, Jr., Delicatessen, Inc. (hereinafter “Delicatessen”) (plaintiff) leased a retail store from Schumacher (defendant) for a five-year period. Per the parties’ agreement, rent was set at $500 per month for the first year and was to increase upwards to $650 per month for the fifth year. The agreement contained a renewal clause calling for renewal at “annual rentals to be agreed upon.” The Delicatessen gave timely notice of its desire to renew. Schumacher stated that the renewal rent would start at $900 a month, despite the fact that an appraiser found that the fair market rental value of the space was $545.41. The Delicatessen sued Schumacher for specific performance to compel him to lease the space at the appraiser’s figure or such a sum that the court would decide as reasonable.
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