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Re: landlord wants tax return

Posted by Lurker-Owner on March 06, 2001 at 17:15:39:

In Reply to: Re: landlord wants tax return posted by Sue on March 06, 2001 at 15:17:34:

: Landlords in NY today - in what is still a seller's market - can and do ask for pay stubs/W-2's/tax returns/etc as well as running a credit check.

Two things:

1. Check out the roommate law (RPL Sec. 235-f), you may not need to put the friend on the lease.

2. The reason landlords check references, credit reports, landlord-tenant court records, etc., is not so much that it is a seller's market (though it may be) but that it is next to impossible to evict a bad tenant. Accordingly, to keep down the cost in money and time of going to court -- particularly with stabilized apartments -- we don't take gambles on people who have EVER been sued by their landlord, people who have been self-employed for less than three year, people who have been late more than once with their credit cards, people who have more than 10 credit cards, etc.

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