Posted by TenantNet on November 08, 1998 at 11:51:16:
In Reply to: landlord refuses lease renewal due to gut renovation posted by Linda Duchin on October 25, 1998 at 15:12:49:
: I've lived in my NY City rent stabalized apartment for 20 years. My landlord has obtained a loan to gut renovate the building which has 20 units, only 4 of which are currently occupied. Can he evict me without paying my or finding me a new apartment for the same money? Do I have any rights? Should I hire a lawyer, which is prohibitivly expensive?
You have certain stabilized rents that are often overlooked in
situations like this. I would consult with a lawyer or one of the
nonprofit tenant groups around town. You do not have to move out
necessarily (depends on a number of things) but you do have tenancy
rights... meaning you have a right (and should have a signed contract)
as to any buyout, relocation (where and who pays), relocation expenses,
and the right to return to the building to a similar unit at the
same rent. I would not budge until you explore your rights and get
a signed agreement. Also continue to pay rent (at least $1/month)
to maintain the landlord/tenant legal relationship. Get professional
help on this one.
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