Posted by David White on November 25, 1997 at 17:38:51:
The struggle in Washington Heights against unscrupulous landlords rages on.
In a recent decision in Supreme Court a judge ruled in favor of the landlords,
even though it was understood that there was a lot of discrepency about the
landlord's alleged "co-op" status, and an awful lot of information from tenants
to show they were rent stabilized.
The "reasoning" was that contesting the building's status had a six year "time-barred"
limit on it!(?). Where did this come from? Is it legal? Since when and for who?
The building's owners went for more than 25 years acting as a rent stabilized building,
and then in 1988 began having new tenants sign leases stating that they were renting
from the "owner" of the apartment - probably unbeknownst to the original tenants, until
the doubling of the rent began in 1995!
The judge's statement says that the court did not wish to look into the case to see what
"the truth" was concerning the building's status.
THIS IS HOW MUCH THE COURT'S AND HOUSING SYSTEM VALUES TENANTS?!!!
How can we win the appeal and get some REAL investigation and get the judge to actually ask
the landlord for the proof of legal co-op status, (which he has yet be UNABLE to produce in
This situation and landlord is actually involving many buildings in Washington Heights, and
owner has many buildings elsewhere in Manhattan, and if he is allowed to do this, it will inevitably
change the neighborhoods and many people will be homeless because they were refused their rights to
their rent regulated homes and were refused protection by the courts which were supposed to uphold
We only have 1 more week to make the appeal.
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