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Landlord modifications after fire that he caused

Posted by Concerned neighbor on August 23, 1997 at 11:16:10:

This is the situation of a building in my neighborhood.

Nearly five months ago, there was a fire in a building, that left 6 families homeless. The fire destroyed everything, including most of the families belongings as well as the entire structure of the building. It was caused by a kitchen fire in the landlords restaurant below.

The landlord has preceded to renovate the entire restaurant and has reopened it for business, while the remaining stories still do not even have floors in which to walk. In addition, he has proposed to transform the former 6 apartments into 12, thus reducing the square footage of space considerably. This is a rent stabilized dwelling.

Can he do any of this legally? How long can this person get away with leaving these families homeless? Can he reduce the size of their apartments? How does this impact on the rent?

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