Posted by Stacy on September 28, 2001 at 15:30:21:
In Reply to: 80% increase!!! posted by lost on September 26, 2001 at 18:34:58:
Hmm. This sounds a bit of a mess. First step: Go to DHCR and get a rent history on your apartment. Search the forum; there are instructions on how to do that. That will tell you if your apartment was ever registered for rent stabalization. (As an old building with six or more apartments, it probably should be.)
Tenant.net's Are You Rent Stabalised database is a good start for this (http://www.tenant.net/DHCR/dhcraddr/rent.html), but DHCR is a must. If your apartment is registered, you'll have the start of a strong case that you should have a stabalised residential lease.
If you signed a commercial lease on the space, tho, not a residential one, and it's legitmately not registered as a residential space, then you may be out of luck. It'd be hard to enforce any illegalities committed by the landlord if you don't have a legal residential lease in the first place. Counteroffering a lower increase, or moving ton a place with a proper lease, may be your only options.
: Been living in a space in NYC for 4 years. Signed 2 two-year leases over that time. The first because I was told it was a commercial space was co-signed by some busines owner friends of mine along with myself. The renewal was only signed by myself (which I never questioned, but now do). Now that I'm up for renewal again...my wonderful landlord would like to up the rent by 90%...in a recession, after the WTC bombing, etc...wonderful person, no? This is an old building, with six apartments including my own. Can he do this? He has harassed tenants out before and this time, I'd like to stop him in his tracks. Of course, I failed to mention he has done little if no repairs in the place since I moved in and it's falling apart (mold, leaks, etc.) Anyone have any suggestions besides getting a lawyer? He will hear nothing of it from me so I'm thinking of city agencies that I may contact and basically I'm clueless. Anyone? Also, one more question, can he still claim this to be a commercial space (or revert it back to one) if he got rid of me? I know it's a lot of info, but could use some good advice. He's a liar, a cheat and quite good at it. So, let's make that...I need some REALLY, REALLY good advice.
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