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Re: What are my Rights?

Posted by Anna on May 06, 1999 at 09:48:10:

In Reply to: What are my Rights? posted by Jared on May 02, 1999 at 04:58:35:

: I moved into this apt. 1 year ago within a month of me moving in I started to have problems with the ceiling caving in, I had a Glass entry door that was supposed to be replaced with a steel door, my mail box was in another building and was being shared with another tenant, and many other code violations. After complining for three months I started to withhold my rent and little by little the repairs have been made, but I've had to live in a construction zone for the past 9 months and now I find out that my apt is zoned as commercial property but I have a residential lease and now that thats up I've been asked to sign a commercial lease... Should I sign it or is there some action I can take against my Landlord for giving me a residential lease for a commercial residence? also do I have a right to a rent reduction for have to live in a Construction zone for the past 9 months? Any Help would be Greatly Appreciated.


Even if the building is zoned 'commercial', that your first lease is residential should control your second lease. Read you residential lease carefully: what does it say about renewals? Check the rental status of your building & your apt first with DHCR, in person (bring your lease and a current Con Ed or Tel bill), also go to Dept of Buildings for the Certificate of Occupancy. With these, you should know if the apt/building is covered by Rent Stab or Loft regulations or nothing. Then take all your paperwork to a community tenant organization or a lawyer & ask them about your renewal status. More and better information is available on use the search feature here for similar questions, read the info available from homepage.

Warranty of Habitability is the name of the right of a safe residence: you'll find many discussions and suggestions searching on 'habitability'.

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