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Posted by Zepher Renter on June 05, 2001 at 22:31:58:

In Reply to: I have another perspective posted by will on June 05, 2001 at 15:36:20:

Interesting perspective. The tenant and roommate make their own arrangement as to the amount of rent and terms of rental. It's no one's business what the tenant decides to charge the roommate ...

... continue with that logic, its also no one's business what terms the landlord and tenant have. The landlord can ask for whatever in rent and the tenant can accept it or reject it. Tenants can shop around for apartments and landlords can choose tenants. HMMM sounds like what happens in just about every other city in America, a free market for housing, and housing is a lot cheaper outside New York than here !

In an ideal world, your perspective would hold true. But housing in New York is not an ideal world. As long as rent stabilized tenants as a group benefit from below market rents, it stands to figure that those tenants should not take advantage of roommates by gouging them and profiteering. To do so would throw the entire rent regulation scheme into question.

: Lets look at this from another perspective...both the tenant and the roommate had a private agreement. Private is in "the right to privacy". Now this rule means landlords can feel legally justified in invading someones privacy...asking for private contracts, asking for receipts, bank account balances, bills...doesn't anyone consider this problematic?? The only ones benefiting from this are the landlords (big surprise NOT)...this one in particular will have a vacancy allowance based on 23 years of occupancy, renovations and presto chango an non rent stabilized apartment going for about 3-4 thousand a!

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