Posted by Provost on October 30, 2001 at 15:11:22:
In Reply to: is a six month lease legal posted by Greg Harr on October 30, 2001 at 14:21:35:
Yes, the situation you describe is legal. The owner is free to choose not to rent to you and to rent to his relatives instead. And the lease can be any term (1 day, ten years, anything in between) that you and the owner agree on. One and two year leases are just the most commonly used.
Idea - Do you realize you that coops are available in Coop City, and other places, for around $30,000 or less ? Just a few months rent at what you're paying. If you have that kind of money for rent, and plan to stay in the city for a while, consider buying, not renting.
: Five of us are slated to move into a 5 bedroom on the upperwest side. not rent stabilized or controlled. It's been "passed on" from friends to friends, etc. for the past 6/7 years. a price of $4400 was worked out for the new lease. This past Friday our sketchy building manager said that they'd like to sign us to a six month lease (with a "possible" yearlong extension) becaue he said that the owner has a relative who might want to move in to the apartment in April (which we think is a suspect story) - we've been negotiating this new lease for a couple months and he waits until less than a week before the 1st of the month to spring this on us!?!?. We turned over completed applications and about $9,000 almost a month ago and he never mentioned anything about a 6 month lease. We told him we don't want a six month lease (what a pain in the ass to move in and then have to move out in such a short period and it's a big place = lots of moving). He's basically playing the "my hands are tied" and "I'm just the 'messenger' from the owner" games. Needless to say we're all going to be homeless in a couple days (on the 1st) and we feel like we're going to have no choice but to sign this damn 6 month lease. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for what we can do?? Anything?? is a 6 month lease even legal??
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