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notice to cure/notice of termination

Posted by kate on October 11, 2001 at 12:23:20:

I have a rent controlled apartment which I have not been in for some time due to a family illness. My boyfriend periodically uses the apartment as a secondary residence. I told my landlord that my boyfriend would be in the apartment occasionally when I renewed my lease. I have received a ten day notice to cure, saying that I have sublet my apartment. I sent a letter back to the lawyer saying I have not sublet the apartment. The landlord simply wants me out and won't respond to my calls. Now I have received 7 day notice of termination, saying that I have failed to cure. No one has been in the apartment since the cure date. I cannot return to the apartment anytime in the next few months. What can I do? I cannot afford serious legal fees, but I don't want to lose the apartment. Can I at least prolong things legally with the landlord until such time as my mother has recovered and I can return? I have a very reasonable rent, have lived in the apt for ten years, and the landlord is desperate to get me out. I always pay my rent on time. Are there any tenant's rights organizations that could provide me with legal advice/forms/how to defend myself against eviction? HELP!!!!

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