Posted by tw on September 05, 2001 at 11:54:37:
My two roommates and I have recently rented a 3-bedroom converted that is not rent-stablized in New York City. There are about 127 units in the building. It was built in 1970s. When we were in the process of getting all of our information together, the Broker said that our third roommate could not be on the lease. No further explanation was given. The Broker said, however, that the Landlord was informed of and had approved the third roommate. So, when we went to sign the lease, we did not search for her name on the lease...not even a clause acknowledging her. We did, however, sign an agreement that was drawn up by the Broker (on their stationary) stating that the Landlord knew about the third roommate.
Upon moving in, the Management Company acted in ways that indicated they knew about the third roommate: Her name was on the mailbox, they told us what company we were required to use for the wall to be built, and her name appeared on the move-in inspection form.
We have come to find out that the only the Management Company knew about her. Not the Landlord. Now the landlord has told us that we have violated the lease which clearly states that only myself and my second roommate are signed tenants. (Please note that 4 people lived there before we moved in so there is no problem with more than 2 people living there).
IS THERE A LAW OR TENANT RIGHT RELATING TO THE ROLE OF THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY? SPECIFICALLY, DO THE ACTIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMPNAY OVER RIDE THE LEASE AND LANDLORD? Alternatively, should we sue the Broker (or can we) for not doing the job? Please help!!
****Please note that I am not asking anything about the roommate law. My question is about the role of the Management Company! Thanks for your responses!****
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