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illegal cat/NYC

Posted by Y. Yang on August 31, 1996 at 01:16:56:

I got a kitten shortly after signing a lease for a year.
The apartment is in a cooperative, and I am renting from an owner.
I signed a Blumberg lease, which said no pets.
The owner wanted two months security deposit. I said ok.
When I moved in, I noticed a lot of people had dogs. There is also a cat
owner on my floor. I don't know when these people got their pets, but
because there were so many, I did not think the no pet clause was enforced
in this building.
Today I got (cc'd to me) a letter to the apartment owner (from the coop board)
telling him his tenant (me) is in violation of the no pet clause. I have had
my kitten for over four months. But there is no way to openly and notoriously
own a kitten (they don't go for walks, etc, and I don't walk around the building
announcing I have a kitten).
The owner of my apartment was told I have about two weeks to remove the cat.
I don't think I could do it that soon. My lease is up in 6 months. I wouldn't
mind moving then.
What to do if I get sent an eviction notice, which is apparently the lessor's
remedy under the pet law of 1983?
What can happen to my security deposit because of this?
(the kitten causes no damage, is well trained - very quiet - just likes to sit
on the window sill)
Thanks for any help in advance ...

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