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Posted by sim0ne on March 29, 2001 at 19:30:07:

In Reply to: Re: ROOMMATES' RENT posted by KOMO on March 27, 2001 at 09:19:46:

That is a terrible thing to say. NYC has the smallest number of homeowners in the U.S. As a result, renters make their apartments their HOME, often staying in the same apartment for their lifetime. Commonly, the leaseholder paints and maintains the apartment, insures the apartment, furnishes the apartment, etc. Many leaseholders are not SHARING their apartment, they are renting a room in their HOME. Roommates are not accountable to the landlord or even the leaseholder, do not have to pay brokers' or fixture fees, and may leave at any time. I think it is terrible that the DCHR is putting restrictions on leaseholders while lifting the restrictions on landlords. Until housing in NYC is fair and equitable for apartment leaseholders, it can not be expected to be fair and equitable for roommates.

: Wintermoon: This is a tenant forum. Not a forum for sleazy wannabe landlords. Your unethical attitude is what makes this city almost unlivable. The working class doesn't owe you a living. I hope you lose your apartment and it goes to a decent non-profit-seeking individual.

: Hopefully this law will be enforced against the sleaze who rent-gouge their roomates. We don't need to subsidize two landlords. It's because of unethical behavior like this that it's so hard to live in this city. Because you have your name on a piece of paper it doesn't give you the right to live off of someone else! Losers want to make money off of you and live like they are the only ones in the apartment. These new regulations sound fair. Hopefully they're enforced.
: : I feel that if someone waqnts to share my home, than I should have the right to charge what ever I want to. and if the to be roomate cannot afford my price,they can continue looking else where. I don't consider it bad to charge someone what I want if they are to live with me.
: : : : Was this post ever answered? I am also curious and concerned about the new code. What is the formula for calculating the roomate's rent and what is the roommate's recourse if this "formula" is not followed?

: : : : Thanks.

: : : : Posted by MikeW on December 27, 2000 at 11:34:12:

: : : : One of the changes present in the new DHRC code is that a tenant in a stabilized apartment can no longer charge a roommate whatever the market will bear. There is a formula for calculating the roommate's rent based on regulated rent of the apartment.

: : : : Has anyone figured out the enforcement provisions of this yet. I found the piece of the code that give the calculation, but I didn't see anything about any cures provided if the tenant overcharges. Does the roommate have to file with the DHRC or sue in housing court? Does the LL have any participation here (ie. could this be used as grounds for an eviction)?

: : : : This is brand new, and one seems to have noticed. But given the popularity apartment sharing in NYC, this provision going to have a HUGE impact.

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