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urgent help needed!

Posted by Adam on June 24, 2001 at 11:23:23:

Here's my situation:

I have been living in the same 3 bedroom rent stabilized apt. on the upper west side of Manhattan for the past 2 years. When my two roommates and I first signed the lease, I requested that my name be put on the lease along with that of my roommate. The landlord said no (although I don't have proof of this in writing unfortunately.) Now my roommate whose name is the only one on the lease is moving out and I want to stay. The landlord says I have sign a whole new lease and therefore have to pay a 20% increase in rent and also another broker's fee to the broker with whom we has a contract on his apts. (we paid one 2 years ago when we first signed the lease.)

One thing I have going in my favor is that the three of us roommates have been sending separate checks to the landlord each month for the past two years. I found something on which says that legally an apt. for which the lease has only one name can not be shared by that primary tenant with more than one non-family member. Therefore, shouldn't the landlord not only have not denied putting my name on the lease in the first place but required it? Do I have any rights as a tenant?

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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