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Re: Former landlord gone, new landlord unknown.

Posted by TenantNet on November 05, 1996 at 02:46:23:

In Reply to: Former landlord gone, new landlord unknown. posted by Israel zayas on November 04, 1996 at 19:43:19:

: I have a problem with a person claiming to be the new landlord. The
building department shows the former landlord as the building owner,
Letter of Compliance under former landlord and registered under the
former landlord. New owner claims building was purchased by him, but
no official paperwork can be found (deed, Letter of Compliance, and/or
: What can I do in a non-payment proceeding?

First, don't pay him until he proves he's the owner. Make him show
the deed and you should verify this (in NYC) at the City Register
in Manhattan at 31 Chambers St. If it's a foreclosure situation,
there may be a "Notice of Attornment" which is an official notice to
the tenant of change in landlord. New landlords are also required
to file with HPD and DHCR. If things get mucked up and you pay the
wrong party, then the other could come after you. I would hold the
rent in escrow and send certified letter to both old and new, tell them
it's in escrow until the matter is cleared up. If you do get taken on a
non-payment, cite "General Denial" which forces them to prove they
actually own the property and have a right to collect rent.

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