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Re: No signed lease...wink and handshake instead

Posted by Jae on October 17, 2001 at 15:54:17:

In Reply to: No signed lease...wink and handshake instead posted by Jae on October 17, 2001 at 12:20:15:

: Hello:

: I live in a basement 2-bedroom apartment with four other roommates in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our landlord never gave us a lease, said we didn't need one even though we asked for one in the beginning. We have been there for three years and now they want to increase our rent $100 per person.

: When we first moved in, the rent was only $900. And now it's $1500 and they want to push it to $2,000. The apartment is not worth $2000. We have yet to even get our heat on, last year we had no heat for a week in the dead of winter. Also our electricity constantly goes out and they just finally fixed our kitchen sink after we complained for more than a year.

: Do we have any rights?

As far as I know, the apartment is legal. He owns the entire building and has other tenants. The apartment is quite large and five does seem too many but only three of us are there majority of the time. The other two use the apartment more or less for storage. We're all actors with girlfriends who live in the city. If we do follow under the month-to-month guidelines, aren't there still laws the landlord would have to follow in terms of raising our rent? Aren't there caps to protects tenants like us? I just don't believe there can be no set limit on how much rent can be raised because then no landlord would give yearly leases, it wouldn't be to the landlord's benefit.

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