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unregulated building... sold... out of luck?

Posted by Eli on July 23, 2000 at 13:10:05:

Okay, last year I moved to Brooklyn, NY, and found what looked like a decent place to be. A ground-floor apartment in a little house (four units, so by definition unregulated, I assume) whose owners I got along with just great. As luck would have it, they moved out and sold the place last month, and the new owners would rather be rich than well-liked, so it looks like I'll be moving again soon... like in about seven weeks, when my lease runs out.

Here are my questions.

1. If I read the laws correctly, the new owners have no obligation to offer me a lease renewal at any particular time, unlike in a regulated apartment where they would have had to send me a renewal offer last month. They don't even have to talk to me about it. True?

2. The old owners should have sent me the new owners' names and addresses via registered mail last month. True? (They didn't, but I don't see what good that does me.)

3. The house apparently has a fairly serious building code violation, which I didn't realize until the new owner accidentally mentioned it. It will not be easy for them to fix. Does this give me any kind of advantage? (I doubt it.)

p.s. Yes, I know I should have moved into a rent-stabilized place, but last year I didn't have a lot of time or money or knowledge... and if I have to move now, it looks like it'll be even harder.

(My E-mail address above is real, if you take out the xyz.)

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