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Re: Interesting Landlord tactic

Posted by gary on October 09, 1997 at 14:44:05:

In Reply to: Interesting Landlord tactic posted by SS on October 08, 1997 at 17:53:31:

: During a dispute w/my landlord about services in the building, he claimed
: he was entitled to raise the rent by 15% because my wife had signed the
: lease in her name alone before we were married. He reasoned that he was
: entitled to a new tenant increase when I moved in, and cited a clause to
: that effect in the lease. I believe that any such clause would be illegal
: since we are now married and my wife may have any family members as occupants
: without their being leaseholders. I'd be interested to know if anyone has
: seen this law upheld in court.

You didn't say where you lived, but if it is NYC, and you have a rent-stabilized lease (it sounds that way) I'd say you're absolutely right and there'd be no increase even if you weren't married.

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