Posted by Lilly on November 30, 2001 at 16:46:10:
In Reply to: lease renewal/rent increase in renovated apartment posted by mpage on November 30, 2001 at 13:43:25:
I assume you're in NYC: How many apts in the bldg? When you moved in were you paying more than $2000 per month. If you're not rent regulated, there's no limit on how much of an increase the LL can charge and he is not obligated to renew your lease. You have to go down to DHCR immediately, Monday morning. Take your lease and go down to 25 Beaver Street, 5th flr, talk with a caseworker and find out the status of your bldg/your apartment.
That LL renovated the bldg with only 1 tenant still in it makes me think that there is the outside chance that the LL undertook a substantial rehabilitation of the bldg and was able to remove it from rent regs, but that's remote and in any case that application must be filed with DHCR. Another possibility is that there might be a J-51 or 421-a tax abatement on your bldg, both of which would subject the building to rent regulations for the length of the tax abatement.
At DHCR ask for the registration history of not only your apt but of the whole bldg. Look at the rent numbers\registrations for prior years. Look to see if any apts had the initials RC next to them. Look to see if your apartment was RC before you moved in.
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