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Domestic Partners and Leases

Posted by Diane Richardson on July 13, 2000 at 11:23:58:

In January, I moved into my boyfriend's rent-stabilized Manhattan two-bedroom apartment. He's under the original lease, which he signed 10 years ago with his then domestic partner. She left the city 5 years ago, and my boyfriend has lived alone there, without bothering to have his ex-girlfriend's name removed from the lease. The landlord knows that the ex-girlfriend moved out 5 years ago.
The landlord was notified when I moved in. When we asked to have the name on the lease changed from the ex-girlfriend's name to my name, the landlord said he would do so, but would increase the rent by $250 per month. The landlord said my boyfriend had the option of leaving the lease unchanged, without a rent increase. Is this legal? I don't want to be evicted if something (heaven forbid!) would happen to my boyfriend.

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