Posted by Will on May 05, 1999 at 14:12:58:
In Reply to: I'm paying more than everyone in building posted by Laurie D on May 05, 1999 at 13:33:46:
Rents for a stabilized apartment are based on the rent history of that specific apartment plus any increases due to vacancies or renovations for that specific apartment. If your apartment was renovated or vacated more than the others then it makes sense that your rent would be higher...
Stabilized rents have little to do with what the rents in the other apartments are...except that all perhaps started at close to the same rent many years ago...again vacancies & renovations change all that as time goes by.
To see if you really are being overcharged go to DHCR and request the rent history for your specific apartment.
Other than that there's little you can do to stop the landlord from instituting legitimate renewal increases.
: My roommates and I moved into a newly renovated three bedroom a year and a half ago. It's a rent stabilized building, there are only three apartments in the building and a business on the ground floor. At the time we moved in all three apartments were vacant.We rented our apartment first and through the grapevine we heard that the subsequent apartments were rented at lower prices..Our second lease renewal is due in December and it's gone up the 2% again! Can we get our lanlord to lower our rent to what the others are paying when we re-sign the lease?
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