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false judgement?

Posted by AJB on October 18, 2000 at 16:22:00:

I'm in a NYC rent-stabilized apt. My landlord won a judgement against for two months rent already paid! What can I do?

The story: I mailed my landlord two checks for two months rent owed. I had already received a legal notice about this, to which I responded in person. The clerk I spoke with said I should bring proof of payment, and we set a court date for a week later.
At that time only one of the two owed rents had been cashed by the landlord. I then spoke with our landlord
who said he had received the second check and would not pursue the case in court.
He "promised" to drop the case and said we didn't need to go to court.
The second check was cashed a couple of days before the court date and I though the matter was over.
We just received a notice that he won a judgement against us for those two months owed (legal fees/late were apparently dismissed)!
What can I do? Did he do something illegal?

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