Posted by Tenant on November 24, 1998 at 05:56:54:
In Reply to: Not on lease but tenant for 6 years posted by Bill on November 18, 1998 at 15:24:27:
: I'm not on my lease in a rent stabilized NYC apt., but was an original tenant when the leaseholder signed in 1991. He has since moved out and left me there on my own for the past three years. The landlord has accepted and cashed at least two of my rent checks. Recently I received a letter saying that the original leaseholder must send the rent checks. Based on my tenure in the apartment and the cashed rent checks, do I have any rights to a lease?
Maybe, look for this issue on Housing Court Decisions on the web site. You
can argue (if they take you to court) that his acceptance of rent created
a "landlord-tenant relationship" where your rights were established. You
may have been a roommate originally, but beng there from the getgo may
possibly help, but the acceptance of rent is your best shot.
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