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Is my apt. rent stabalized?

Posted by Bruce Lenkei on March 06, 1997 at 15:15:49:

My wife has lived in our apt. for about 12 years. We were married and
now I've lived there for about 8 yrs. Last year the front door to our
building was broken for at least 6 months; anyone could open the front
door and walk in so we finally complained to the housing authority and they
made him fix it. Ever since then the landlord's been mad at us and has sent
us three eviction notices. At first I complained to the DHCR about this
and filled out the forms they sent. Then the DHCR sent us a letter saying we
were not rent stabalized, as the landlord has also claimed. I went to
the dept. of buildings and got copies of the C of O, the most recent from
1953, wich say our building has only 5 apts and one office. This "office"
is simply the 6th apt. but since it's on the C of O this way, the DHCR
now say they can do nothing to help us. My question is this; is there
any city agency that can help us stay in our apt.?

Is there anything we can do?

How can a landlord simply say an apt. is now an office just so he can
avoid rent stabilization laws?

Can't an inspector come and see that it's just another apt.?

I would appreciate any helpful tips you can give me

Bruce Lenkei

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