1. A tenant shall not be removed from possession of a residential unit pursuant to
this article because of such person's domestic violence victim status, as defined
in section two hundred twenty-seven-d of the real property law. It shall be a defense to a proceeding to recover possession of a residential unit
that a landlord seeks such recovery because of a person's domestic violence victim
status, and that, but for such status, the landlord would not seek to recover possession. A landlord may rebut such defense by showing that he or she seeks to recover possession
of a residential unit because of any other lawful ground.
2. Nothing in this section shall restrict a landlord's legal rights to recover possession
of a residential unit on grounds not based on or derived from domestic violence victim
3. A landlord shall not be civilly liable to other tenants, guests, invitees, or licensees
arising from reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with this section.
4. This section shall not apply to buildings used for dwelling purposes that are owner
occupied and have two or fewer residential units.
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