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Out of luck? Not really.

Posted by John on July 24, 2000 at 09:36:47:

In Reply to: unregulated building... sold... out of luck? posted by Eli on July 23, 2000 at 13:10:05:

Answers to your question.

: 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?

True, but as a month to month tenant the landlord must give you a 30 day notice, then file a request with housing court to evict you (called a holdover procceding) and the landlord must still provide you with normal services (heat, hot water, etc.) and repairs as needed.

: 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.)

Be very careful when it comes to paying the wrong landlord. I had that problem a few years ago and I had to go to court (for non-payment) to verify who the true landlord was.

: 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.)

Yes, what happened to me was that the (real) new landlord would not show himself and sent agents to pickup the rent was, because of the repairs. My landlord avoided promising repairs and changed managing agents twice to avoid spending money on the building. Your rent goes a long way to helping him/her pay mortagage before they kick you out.

: 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.

It's hard to find a two or three bedroom rent-stabilized apartment, but one bed room apartments can be used for more than one person.
I turned a one bedroom R-S apartment into a two bedroom by not having a living room. No one visits me so I don't care what people think. Queen size bed in the livingroom and small beds for the kids in the bedroom. try that.

Good luck.

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

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