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Re: Rent controlled - never had a lease in 58 yrs.

Posted by Mark Smith on September 30, 2000 at 10:29:45:

In Reply to: Rent control never had a lease in 58yrs. posted by CLP on September 30, 2000 at 03:03:18:

Tenants in rent controlled apartments don't get renewal leases, so your situation in that regard is normal.

But the Multiple Dwelling Law and the Housing Maintenance Code (in New York City) require the landlord to do repairs and to paint your apartment every three years. And replacing a 30-amp fuse with a 15-amp fuse is a reduction in service, unless the wiring supports only a 15-amp fuse.

Rent controlled apartments can get increases up to 7 1/2% a year in the Maximum Collectible Rent (MCR), until it reaches the Maximum Base Rent (MBR). A 4% increase + $15 sounds like a one-year renewal lease for a New York City rent stabilized apartment which rents for less than $500.

You should check with DHCR to find out the registered rent for your apartment. You could also file with DHCR for a rent reduction for lack of repairs, lack of painting, and the replacement of the 30-amp fuse. You could also call HPD code enforcement about the violations. And an HP action in housing court or withholding your rent are also options to get repairs (and a rent abatement).

Does your income qualify you for a Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)?

DHCR Fact Sheet #21 - SCRIE (from TenantNet)

or click on the link at the end of this message

: We have lived here for 58 yrs. and never had a lease. He has never paint the apartment or fixed things when we tell him. Oh, but he loves to harass us all the time. From 30 amp fuse he cut it down to 15, so most of the time the lights blow out and he calls us stupid. My husband just had a triple bypass and the landlord came to start a fight with him. Mind you he is 78 yrs. old and the landlord is in his 50s. Now he wants $15 more a month and 4% more rent. Must I rob a bank. Please help me!!!!!!!!

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