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Re: Subletting and the Landlord from hell

Posted by Ken on November 10, 2000 at 17:46:55:

In Reply to: Subletting and the Landlord from hell posted by phredude on November 10, 2000 at 15:56:38:

You didn't say if you are rent stabilized or free market, nor how many units are in your building (maybe you said in an earlier post). These factors do make a difference.

Please read the NYS Tenant's Rights Guide by attorney general Elliot Spitzer for the exact rules about subletting. I'll paraphrase:

If your building has more than 4 units you can sublet;
You must provide your landlord with notice that you are going to sublet and who you will sublet to;
Your landlord can withhold permission to sublet for reasonable grounds;
As primary tenant you remain responsible for paying rent to the landlord;
If you are rent stabilized, you CANNOT charge any rent higher than the stabilized rent that you pay (plus 10% if the apartment is rented furnished)

Whether you choose to accept your landlord's offer or to sublet is up to you. Your contention that your landlord just wants to "make money" is obvious; why do you think he would own a building if not to make money ?

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