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Re: Construction

Posted by TenantNet on January 23, 1997 at 19:37:03:

In Reply to: Construction posted by Alison Garfield on January 23, 1997 at 18:53:02:

: My landlord wants to build 11 floors on top of my 7 floor building.
: He claims the foundation was originally made to accomodate 20 floors.
: I live on the top floor and am worried about noise, destruction, vermin
: and inconvenience.
: Is there anything I can do before it begins?
: If it begins and it's horrible, is there anything I can do?

You have major problems and you need to organize a tenant group NOW
if you haven't already. There are many implications to this.
Starting with zoning issues, is what he says tight about the foundation?
Will it pass the land use process (assuming you're in NYC)?
Are you in a special district? Some special districts require a
certificate of No Harassment. Will the tenants stay in the building during
all this? Where will you go, will you get the same units back, at
the same rent, with stabilization coverage, which could be lost.
Will you have the right to return? Who will pay your moving costs?
I strongly suggest you get a lawyer -- not just any lawyer, but one
who has dealth with such issues. Get your block association involved
and get active with your community board. Start doing research on your
building at the Department of Buildings. Write us email privately at
tenant -at- with more particulars
and maybe we can put steer you in the right direction.

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