Posted by alice on January 25, 2000 at 23:23:34:
In Reply to: Re: Somethings not right here posted by Adam on January 21, 2000 at 15:42:03:
: Hi Mike,
: Yes it is a privately owned building. We do not have an official M to M agreement however, I've been living there for two years and now these problems have been popping up. The first year I lived in the apartment, I was on a lease (1 year). When the time came to renew it, I did not sign the lease but continued to pay my rent every month (including the yearly increase of 10$ or so). Now all of a sudden, it's time to renew the lease again, and my Landlord insists that the Housing Authority demands that I either sign the lease and commit myself to the full year or I move. I have expressed my good intentions to the Landlord and have asked him to modify the lease so that it clearly allows me to move short of the full year (with atlease a month's notification in advance of course) but he says he can not do it. According to him "The law" will not let him modify the lease. This guy has GOT to be full of it!
NO: he's not full of it!, he's sorta right: the law does not let him change your lease in HIS favor (he can change it in YOUR favor...) You both got your terms all mixed up!
OK: you had a 1-year lease when you moved in: go get it, read it. I'll bet $$$$$$ that you are rent stabilized. If you refuse to sign a renewal form (not really a whole lease) the landlord can evict you. The landlord is not allowed to change the terms of your first lease (if any clauses are worse for you, they are illegal, except the amount of the rent of course). Read about Rent Stabilization on the HomePage of TenantNet (click on link on message board)
If you are not stabilized, the landlord can dictate the terms of your new lease or deny you one for no reason whatsoever. And no law stops him from changing anything and everything.
You're rent stabilized. or lucky (don't push it: sign the lease)
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