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[Cite as: 4 Misc.3d 135, 2004 WL 1717604, 2004 N.Y. Slip Op. 50798(U)]

Supreme Court, Appellate Term,
First Department.
Maria CORREA, Claimant-Respondent,
v.
MIDTOWN MOVING, Defendant-Appellant.
No. 570693/03.
July 1, 2004.

[Peter M. Agulnick, P.C., by Peter M. Agulnick for Defendant-Appellant]
[ Maria Correa, Claimaint-Respondent pro se]

 Defendant appeals from a judgment of the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court, Bronx County, entered on or about January 13, 2003 after trial (Raul Cruz, J.) in favor of plaintiff and awarding her damages in the principal
sum of $3,000.

Present: Hon. WILLIAM P. McCOOE, J.P., Hon. WILLIAM J. DAVIS, Hon. MARTIN
SCHOENFELD, Justices.


 PER CURIAM.
     Judgment entered on or about January 13, 2003 (Raul Cruz, J.) modified by vacating the damage award and directing a new trial on the issue of damages only; as modified judgment affirmed without costs.

      The trial court achieved "substantial justice" consistent with substantive
law principles (see CCA 1804) in resolving the liability aspect of this small claims action in plaintiff's favor, since the evidence permits a finding that the defendant moving company negligently damaged or lost plaintiff's personal property during the underlying eviction process. The damage award is not sustainable, however, since plaintiff presented no competent proof of the value, at the time of the occurrence, of the property involved (see Henderson v. Holley, 112 A.D.2d 190 [1985] ). While most of the household items were not marketable and had no market value, it was nonetheless incumbent upon the plaintiff to demonstrate the value of the goods to her "based on her actual money loss" (Lake v. Dye, 232 N.Y. 209, 214 [1921] ), as reflected by such factors as the original cost of the items, their age and condition at the time of conversion, and their replacement value (see 36 N.Y. Jur 2d, Damages § 86), elements conspicuously absent from plaintiff's initial trial presentation. The ends of "substantial justice" (CCA 1807) will best be served by affording plaintiff a final opportunity to establish her claim (cf. Roundtree v. Singh, 143 A.D.2d 995 [1988] ).

     This constitutes the decision and order of the court.


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