Posted by Lucy on August 27, 2001 at 23:35:16:
In Reply to: Re: Private Residence Rental...rights? posted by dj on August 25, 2001 at 16:52:25:
Without a written lease if the landlord accepts your money for rent then you have a month-to-month tenancy. It doesn't come with reduced rights. However, since it lasts only month-to-month, it is easy for the landlord to give you 30 days notice that your tenancy is terminated.
You won't have to move out at that point, instead you can go to court. The court may let you stay on for the maximum 6 months and order the landlord to put in detectors and keep the doorways clear, but you'll have to pay use and occupancy during that time and in the end you'll have to move when the 6 months are up.
In particular regard to smoke detectors - it's your life, just buy them and put them up, they aren't very expensive. It's not worth dying over.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. You should consult a lawyer if you are very concerned about this issue. An hourly consultation is not expensive and it will give you the answers you seek.
: Basically None, you have the right for the landlord to give you a 30 day notice to move....
: You have almost no rights to repair, unless it is so bad, it needs to be condemmed.
: Its all because you dont have a lease.
: : We rent in a private residence in Brooklyn-without a lease. What rights do we have in general, and in particular regarding repairs and safety issues (smoke detectors, keeping alternate exits unblocked)
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