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illegal 2 family dwelling

Posted by Kelly H on January 04, 2001 at 11:29:17:

I am currently living in a illegal 2 family house(Queens ,NY) paying rent on a month to month basis to my landlord (no Lease). I was recently told by friends that since it is "not" a legal 2 family dwelling that I can collect all my rent I have paid for the past 21 months because of the laws on it being a illegal apartment. I am not sure about this and was wondering if this has any truth to it??? Can you sue for rent paid when living unaware of it being a illegal Apt?? (I only found out last month.)

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