Posted by Anna on June 15, 2000 at 17:30:19:
In Reply to: RSL, Roommate and Lease posted by Stephanie on June 15, 2000 at 15:33:32:
: I have been living in a rent stabilized apartment in Brooklyn since September of 99.
: I am not on the lease but the lanlord has been accepting checks of mine directly since Oct.99, when I started paying him directly.
: He endorses the checks "on behalf of _______" with my roommate's name. I have saved all the cancelled checks.
: If my roommate leaves, will I be able to stay in the apt. without LL raising rent, and can he raise the rent if I ask to be put on the lease now?
: (Roommate says I can't be put on becuase he raises the rent if roommate adds a name to the lease.)
: We renewed the lease for June 2000-2001.
: I have met the LL so he knows that I am living there.
Your roommate has a lease with the landlord, you don't. S/he renewed her lease.
To add a name to a rent stabilized lease creates a new lease, per DHCR. The rent could legally increase the full vacancy rate, minimum of 20%.
If your roommate leaves, you have no more legal right to a vacancy lease in your name than a stranger would. If she leaves, she should follow the sublet/assign rules to try to pass the balance of the lease on to you.
Time for you to read up on life as a tenant in NYC: start in NY Tenants Info on Tenant.Net.
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