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lease expired; rent doubled. help.

Posted by Mia on April 27, 1999 at 16:52:43:

i've lived in my apartment in brooklyn for 2 and 1/2 years. i had a 1 year lease that expired. i hounded the building manager for 2 months to renew it. finally she did, my rent stayed the same. that lease expired in december and i didn't bother getting it renewed again. i was never sent a renewal lease form, and was never contacted otherwise about renewing my lease. so i've just continued to pay the rent i've always payed. i recently got a message on my answering machine from the landlord saying that the building manager had my new lease and my new rent was double what i'm paying now, and that i'm to sign it or vacate the premises. my rent is under $2000 and i may less than $175,000/year, so i believe my apartment is rent stabalized (or regulated).

what are my rights in this situation? is my previous lease still in effect? can my rent be raised more than 20%. how should i approach my land lord in response to the issue? if he can double my rent, how much time does he have to give me to move out? if i don't move out, how long will it take to evict me?

also, i know the building is in some process of being sold (i don't know if everything's been finalized or they're still working on it). i wonder if this is just a way to get me out of the building with out evicting me. if the new building owner wants to move into my apartment, how much time do they have to give me to move out?


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