Posted by SamE on February 10, 2000 at 19:20:02:
In Reply to: Temporarily illegal apartment - what are the real risks? posted by AJ on February 10, 2000 at 18:08:37:
: We have been waiting for construction to be finished on our apartment so we can move in for two months now. Our landlord should be getting the certificate of occupancy in a couple of weeks, but we really need to move in asap. We have the keys, and he said we can move in, but until he has the C of O, we're there illegally and if anything happens to us or our stuff, we're responsible. My feeling is that it's unlikely anything will happen and we're thinking of moving in (minus our really expensive stuff). Is this terribly risky or is it safe to assume it will be okay?
You should read some of the older messages: if there is no C of O, he can't make you pay rent. Wait: maybe he can if you know about the lack of C of O: why not search here and in HousingCourt Decisions for more.
But there's also that Brooklyn case: no C of O on former commercial building: Dept Of Buildings made all tenants vacate and padlocked the place: it was in the news a lot. Try searching in the VillageVoice.com or another newspaper.
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