The landlord claimed he needed to demolish the apartment flooring, the kitchen, and the bathroom for upgrades and structural damage. Of course, it also happened to be a rent-controlled apartment that, if the current tenants were to leave, would likely net the owners thousands of dollars more a year from a pricier lease.
Lawsuits have ensued over such shenanigans in New York.
Management that once allowed pets might change their minds and demand the vanquishing of your beloved pet. In many places, landlords can’t just change their minds after agreeing to allow a tenant’s beloved terrier, any more than they can rip out the faucets and call the unit an undefined renovation project.