Posted by James on September 06, 2000 at 12:18:03:
In Reply to: Rent increase posted by Maria on September 05, 2000 at 14:11:32:
If the apartment is not rent-stab. or controlled there is nothing you can do. The owner does have carte blanche to raise the rent to whatever they feel the market will bear. Most of the time the landlord will not try to raise the rent so high that it displaces a good tenent since finding a new tenent can be disruptive to there income stream, albiet temporarly. If you refuse the increase they have to give you a 30 day notice after your lease runs out to evict you. I suggest that you not push them this far, since the filing of an eviction action in court will be extreamly detrimental to you if you ever tried to rent another apartment in America. Landlords have access to databases that hold records of people who have had eviciton actions filed against them. You need to weigh out how inportant staying 30 extra days is to you with long term attemps to rent other places in the future. Unfortunalty, here you have little recourse other than talking to the new owner, paying the increase, or moving on time.
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