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Been in apartment for 20 yrs

Posted by Anonymous Tenant (Paul) on June 08, 1996 at 10:34:18:


I have a question that I'm sure this would be a great place to ask.
Before I start, I just want to say that this is a great resource.
Tenant Net and the internet. This would never have been possible before.

Ok here's my question. I moved to New York City last July (July 1995).
I moved in with a lady who is 57 years old and has been residing in
her apartment for the last 20 years. She has a beautiful, spacious
2 bedroom apartment in the 90s on Broadway. My room alone is about
13 x 17. The rent in this apartment is about $1,100 a month.
Other 2 bedroom apartments in my building which are the same size
I have seen being rented for $3,000-$3,500. I know that this apt.
is rent stabilized.

Lately I've been considering moving, because my roommate is tough
to deal with and I want to live with my girlfriend. My roommate
is also talking about moving, to develop a relationship.

Here's the question: Suppose my roommate moved or died (God forbid.) Would
have any legal right to stay in the apartment, while the landlord
could only raise the rent maybe 8.5% for vacancy renewal and 4% for a
1 year lease? If the landlord could force me out, he could then renovate
the apartment (which is in great shape and doesn't need renovations)
and then drive the rent up to $3,000, which I can not afford at this time.
I was reading some of the legal documents on this board and I guess, based
on that, I'm asking if I have any succession rights (to succeed her
occupancy here after she goes). I know I'm not a relative, but since I
am accumulating time living here, does that give me the right to stay here
and demand from the landlord the rental bargain-basement rate of $1,100
plus ~12% rent increase well into the 21st century?!? One pertinent fact is
that my credit is a little shaky and maybe he could boot me out based on
that alone. I know I can pay this rent however. My girlfriend and I
would split it: $600 apiece. Another relevant fact is that my roommate
either has no lease or her ex husband is on the lease and she's just
living here. For some reason a few years ago they stopped having a lease.

I look forward to answers and advice. Thank you in advance.


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