Posted by Larry the Landlord on February 27, 2000 at 01:43:38:
In Reply to: (1) increases for vacant apartments, (2) William Koeppel posted by claire on February 25, 2000 at 23:39:04:
There is nothing wrong with offering buy outs, is he doing it in a harassing manner? If so, how? Out of curiosity. :) You didn't mention it in your post.
And what is he doing illegally to get the rents up? Do you know or are you just suspicious that he is doing so? You don't mention how in your post.
It always amazes me. The property is empty, the property belongs to the landlord, yet they are accountable to the Post World War II Housing Act which has been abolished in every city in the country except for those in this state binding him to look for every loop hole he can find to offset tenants that are paying so little. And here the tenants behave as if the property belongs to them, yet in many cases would not even bend over to pick up a piece of trash laying in their own hallways, in fact would be quick to file complaint if there was trash (Makes me laugh, really). It is very socialist in it's manner, power to the people mentality if you will, but if the housing act were abolished free enterprise would level the market and lower the prices of rent all over. In fact as a landlord I fear the abolishment of the Housing Act because the tenants I have paying 260.00 a month for my East Village Apartments allow me to charge over 1800.00 for my newly renovated apartments because of supply and demand. I have a 1200.00 a month apartment where the tenant wants to move but is forced to stay because they can not replace what they have now with the same amount of money. Instead they must be unhappy in their current situation.
The system tenants fear losing is the same system that causes a landlord to appear unscrupulous even though they may be within their rights and within the letter of the law.
But let us all hate landlords. I have an older tenant in my building who is an anti gun activist and tenant activist, god bless her soul, and she told me of a town meeting where the landlords had gathered on one side of the room and the tenants on the other, when the tenants noticed that the landlords had drawn close together and where having a conversation, they immediately rallied themselves, sure the landlords were conspiring, they surrounded the landlords chanting "Down with landlords, down with landlords" she was quite proud of this but was baffled when I asked her, "What were the landlord's conspiring?" a long pause from her story but then a quick and indifferent, "I don't know, it didn't matter.... landlords are always conspiring, but it did get us on the ten o'clock news." I can personally say that I have never conspired with any other landlord, I keep all my evil thoughts bouncing around in my dark and brooding cob webby head.
Larry the Landlord a friend to all people....even landlords.
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