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Long question, short and simple answers

Posted by Provost on October 08, 2001 at 19:01:18:

In Reply to: ******CHANGE OF OWNER**** NEED ANSWER NOW !!*** posted by Me on October 08, 2001 at 10:29:47:

1) An owner does not have to give any advance notice whatsoever to tenants that he is selling.
2) Any leases stay with the building ... in other words, if you had a lease before the building was sold, it remains in effect under the new owner until its end.
3) If a tenant doesn't have a lease, either landlord or tenant can end the tenancy by giving 30 days notice to the other.
4) Heat depends on what kind of house this is. In a single family house, the tenant usually pays for and controls heat; in a multiple dwelling, it's the landlord. Your town may or may not have laws about required heating, but the NYC guidelnes are a good common-sense reference point.
5) Why your friend is arguing with her landlord over property taxes she thinks he owes on another property is beyond me. That is irrelevant; has nothing to do the LL/T relationship. So drop it.
6) If its a multiple dwelling and the only access to the basement is thru her apartment, there are all sorts of reasons for going to the basement: to check heat, boilers, hot water heater, pipes, electrical connections, phone box, etc. etc. You name it - it goes thru the basement.
7) Security deposit should be returned upon her move out, as per the terms of her lease with the previous owner.

Bottom line: your friend needs to decide if she wants to stay or not. If she wants to leave, now's a good to go. If she wants to stay, she will need to have a serious but professional discussion with her landlord about mutual expectations regarding rent, heat, repairs, etc. and get these expectations in writing (or get a lease). Focus on the relevant things, do not argue, use insults, or bring up irrelevancies like how much the property tax is.

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