Posted by Anna on April 16, 1999 at 12:10:24:
In Reply to: missing lease posted by Louie on April 16, 1999 at 09:25:46:
: I'm a tenant of many years (20+) in a Manhattan rent stabilized apartment. Is there any way of getting a copy of my lost lease without going through my LL (they have a bad rep)? Or, is there a public office where some sort of copy can be obtained? From what I remember it looked like a standard lease form.
: Many thanks...
Rent stab leases were never required to be filed with any public/gov office.
There were a few standard Blumberg pre-printed leases used at that time, some in compliance with the then-new Plain English law and some older ones... Most LL's used these because the alternative was the typewriter and carbon paper!
Try: rent stab tenants in your building (or other friends/neighbors) who moved in about the same time. Also: maybe: a library, an L&T lawyer, tenant or community org, Blumberg itself (near the court house: White St??).
If there is a particular clause you are interested in, with the date of the original lease and whether you remember it as Plain English or legal jargon, , some of us could quote ours to you... then again: what your original lease says is often not relevant to your current rent stab rights.
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