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Re: Renovations while living there??

Posted by link on April 24, 2000 at 22:05:40:

In Reply to: Renovations while living there?? posted by Stop the Hammer on April 24, 2000 at 21:42:46:

: I live in a co-op building in Manhattan and rent my unit from the owner. She has decided she wants to do major renovations on the place. My lease is up in September and I would rather move out at that time than endure renovations while I am living there. I am looking for wise, knowledgeable NYers to give me some advice. What are my rights here? Your help will be much appreciated!

Some thoughts (lucky you: I usually just say a couple of words and provide a couple of links!)

You're a tenant: read the all-tenants rights here:

Major renov usually require board approval, sometimes also dept of buildings approval. Stop her before she starts, at least until you move out.

Major renov usually cause parts of your unit to be uninhabitable: violation of warranty of habitability and quiet enjoyment of the premises. Read up on those topics then talk to her: she could end up paying you to live there!

Negotiate an early cancellation of the lease (it really is more for her benefit than for yours: suggest she buys you out) and move before she hates your guts and gives you a bad reference...

Unless she already has a contractor lined up: she's probably too late to get it done this summer anyway: they're booked months in advance lately.

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