Posted by Stacy on January 09, 2001 at 12:10:43:
In Reply to: overcharge rent posted by nick on January 09, 2001 at 04:29:41:
: Hi all! I've lived in my apartment for almost 3 years.
: The contract is for 1 year.
: For the first year the rent was $690, for the second 715,
: 3- 740. Now, I've just recieved the new contrakt - 900.
: $900 is too much for me. My wife dosn,t work, we have 3 small kids- 7,4 and 1 year old. I think the building is not
: under rent control. What we should do. I would like to keep my apartment but 900(it was 740) Please any advises.
: Nick, Brooklyn, NY
You should go to DHCR (25 Beaver Street, http://www.dhcr.state.ny.us) and request a copy of the rent registration and rent history for your apartment. Bring a copy of your lease. That will tell you if your apartment should be rent-stabilized. If so, you'll have a case for why your increases are too high. If it's not, and your apartment is at market rate, you're out of luck. Another good starting point is http://www.tenant.net/DHCR/dhcraddr/rent.html--that will help you figure out if your building has ever been stabilized. Requestion the rent history, though, is the only way to be sure.
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