Posted by TenantNet on December 05, 1997 at 19:58:41:
In Reply to: Landlord wont's my apartment for his son posted by john on December 05, 1997 at 11:07:15:
: Yesterday I received a letter from my landlord lawyer saying that my
lease will not be renewed because the landlord wont's the apartment for
his own use. I know this is legal but why my apartment from all the rest,
I am not the last tenant in the building or on my floor for that matter.
I think this have to do with the problem we had last year, I held the
rent for two months because he didn't wont to paint my apartment and do
certain repairs, he took me to court and I won the case so ever since he
been trying to evict me. Can someone tell me what can I do?
If you're in NY you can claim "retaliatory eviction" (see Real Property
Law" on the web site and various fact sheets). This kicks in if you've
recently made complaints (I think) within six months and there's no other
reason for seeking your eviction. Further, if there are other vacanct
units in the building, you might be able to get around the owner-occupancy
claim. You might be able to tie him up for a while and if a vacancy occurs,
see if he takes that and you'll then know if he's being honest.
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