Posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 17:56:20:
In Reply to: Can My Landlord Do This? posted by Amos on June 30, 1997 at 12:30:29:
: i have been living in an apartment in brooklyn for 5 years. i signed a lease for the first year and a half i have been living without a lease since. my landlord just informed me that he wants to raise the rent from $1600 to $2100. there are 5 units in the building. i have no idea if the building is rent stabalized or not. can my landlord do this? what are my rights? how can i find out if their is something i can do to prevent this? i currently have no lease but i can prove that i have been living there for the past 5 years.
It appears you are a month-to-month tenant and not protected by a lease.
That also means you can move out on 30 days notice without being liable
for the remaining months of a lease. If your building is less than six units,
then it not subject to rent stabilization. The answer is yes, your landlord
can raise the rent by whatever he wants; you can accept or reject it. This
kind of rent gouging shows why rent protections should be expanded, not
reduced. It also shows why even unprotected tenants like you should get
off your duff and get after your politicians.
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