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landlord attempting to evict us from rent-controlled apt based on roommates

Posted by Sue on July 26, 2000 at 10:04:28:

I live in a rent-controlled apartment in a coop in Manhattan. We just received papers from the landlord that state we have several roommates and that we do not have the option of curing the violation and must vacate. The legal papers state the name of several of the visitors. How is it possible that a landlord obtain such names? The doorman do not have them and there is no paperwork that could reveal this? Could someone have entered the apartment? The superintendent is not on the boat with the landlord and would not have given him specific information. Is mail received in a mailbox private information? Is it correct that this situation cannot be cured? One of the people named is a visitor/girlfriend and the other a relative who comes often and the third is a legitimate roomate as protected by the roomate law. Landlord claims we were profiting. There are no records anywhere that could prove this. Should we worry?

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