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Renting without a lease

Posted by Wm. Ferguson on September 03, 1996 at 17:58:38:

I have searched the site and haven't found anything that describes my situation.
Specifically, I live in an apartment under a month-to-month agreement with a very
nice landlord. Last year the rent jumped $50, which was a shock, but because of
the unusual circumstances (and the relatively reasonable rent I pay for SoHo),
I swallowed it. Now, with the stove broken, the ceiling needing repair, and the
constant articles in magazines about what a renter's market NYC is at the moment,
I'm wondering what my rights are. I'm actually afraid to inform the landlord
about the broken oven for fear that the rent will jump.
I have heard all kinds of fantastical stories about renter's rights regarding
month-to-month agreements, specifically that I can demand pretty much whatever
I want. I'd like to know the truth from anyone who has experienced anything similar.

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