Posted by JJ on February 05, 2001 at 14:56:50:
In Reply to: Rental Discrimination--is there a public record of sale? posted by Natalie Maltese on February 03, 2001 at 20:27:50:
: I recently tried to rent an apartment from a private owner, but after some various delays he told me that someone else wanted to buy the apartment, which meant that he could no longer rent the place to me. I have some reasons to be suspicious about the sudden appearance of this buyer. Is there a public record where I could check on the validity of his statements? Does the sale of real-estate become part of the public record? Thanks
If it's a coop:
Go to the Hall of Records in the county of that coop-sublease, in Manhattan it is at 31 Chambers St, 2nd floor, cross-street Centre St. Deeds, UCC filings, & personal property are in that computer database, a public record. UCC (a Federal thing) = record of lien from mortgage company. Unless he paid cash or is paying the sponsor, you'll find all his coop properties in that computer.
Condos and buildings a real property and are also recorded.
Try the nyc.gov , Finance, if it's a condo: he'll be paying property taxes.
Both of these should be recorded within 30 days of purchase...
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