ZEV v. MERMAN


73 N.Y.2d 781 (1988)

Samuel Ben Zev, Appellant, v. Louis Merman et al., Respondents.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided November 29, 1988.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael C. Wimpfheimer for appellant.

Eugene W. Bechtle, Jr., for respondents.

Chief Judge WACHTLER and Judges SIMONS, KAYE, ALEXANDER, TITONE, HANCOCK, JR., and BELLACOSA concur.


MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs.

What constitutes a reasonable time for performance depends upon the facts and circumstances of the particular case (see, Ballen v Potter, 251 N.Y. 224; Murray Co. v Lidgerwood Mfg. Co., 241 N.Y. 455, 459). Included within a court's determination of reasonableness are the nature and object of the contract, the previous conduct of the parties, the presence or absence of good faith, the experience of the parties and the possibility of prejudice or hardship to either one, as well as the specific number of days provided for performance (see, Murray Co. v Lidgerwood Mfg. Co., supra, at 459; Ballen v Potter, supra; 76 N. Assocs. v Theil Mgt. Corp., 114 A.D.2d 948; Schoen v Grossman, 33 Misc.2d 490, affd 17 A.D.2d 778; Pomeroy, Specific Performance of Contracts § 396 [3d ed]). The determination of reasonableness must by its very nature be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Accordingly, it cannot be said that the Appellate Division erred as a matter of law in determining that the time set by defendants for performance was reasonable.

Order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.


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