Posted by TenantNet on November 04, 1997 at 03:52:35:
In Reply to: The old folks home posted by Meghan on November 03, 1997 at 15:36:32:
: My portion of the $1070 rent was $760 -- I made the check out to her and she, in turn, sent the rent to the landlord (and still does..the landlord thinks shes "coming back"..she's not. Her lease states that she is allowed to have one person live with her. My being there is no secret -- the doormen know, the landlord knows, the phone/cable/etc..come in my name to our address -- but my name IS NOT on the lease. Pauline recently moved into an old folks home..bless her heart.
: I'm positive that the landlord (via the super & doormen) is DYING to get me out...refurbish, double the rent, etc. My question is this: do I have a prayer? I am a good tenant & would love to stay. I am not looking for a "deal" & will pay whatever the landlord can legally hike up the rent to.
: Ideally, I would like to approach the landlord & request a lease of my own. On what grounds can they deny me a lease?
Generally you're OK as a roommate, but this could be a case of non-primary residence, so be careful.
In some cases when a tenant goes to a nursing home, non-primary cases don't succeed.
Unless you can establish non-traditional family status (which you don't offer any evidence to support that),
you don't have any rights at all for succession or assignment of the lease.
Nor is the landlord required to offer you a lease -- even if it's a vacancy lease. They can just say no if they choose.
You might try negotiation, but be careful as it might jeopardize Pauline's status.
These days, the rent will probably jump a lot and it might even deregulate the unit.
My advice: let sleeping dogs lie. Let the current situation continue and at
leat for a time your rent will stay what it is.
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