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Posted by chelsea on December 13, 2001 at 12:20:21:

In Reply to: 3 day notice! posted by snorkel on December 13, 2001 at 10:36:59:

If you can possibly afford a lawyer, you should get an experienced tenant lawyer lined up, interviewing two or three of the ones who advertise here. Otherwise, you're going to have to give yourself a crash course in tenant law, using this site and other sources. Housing Court is very tricky for tenants who represent themselves, and you're much better off with a lawyer.

Met Council on Housing is a great organization that supports tenants. Everyone should join. You can check out their online newsletter on (upper left of main page) or listen to their radio show, Housing Notebook, on WBAI (99.5 FM) at 7:00 on Monday nights. Someone from Met Council was quoted in the article on your landlord's building, so they may know something about the situation. You should also talk to other tenants.

: I just received a three day notice of default in rent. The letter from the LL states that if I don't pay up in 3 days he will commence summary proceedings to recover possession.

: This is an on going overcharge complaint. I have asked in writing for months now that he just prove why the apt went up %300 from the last tenant (receipts, etc). He has given me nothing. I finally had enough of being ripped off and began to pay him what I calculated to be the actual rent plus a little more out of good faith (I told him this in writing several times).

: The question: Is there anything I can do for now (besides pay up) or do I just wait for him to take me to court for non-payment and then counter sue?

: This whole process in making me very nervous.

: I live in a RS apt in Manhattan.
: I have rental registration and DHCR rental history which are both in my favor. All letters have been certified, RR.
: I have filed overcharge with DHCR.

: What now?

: Thanks all.

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