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Rent Control and New Owner

Posted by Steven on May 17, 1999 at 15:53:00:

My Brooklyn brownstone building has been bought by a judge who would like to turn it into a single-family house. We know we have to move, but our neighbors are in their 70s, live in a rent-controlled apartment, and have been there "forever" -- somewhere between 25 and 40 years I figure, though I'm not exactly sure.

The new owner has been discussing what it would take to buy them out, and they're considering possibly taking an offer. But if they choose to stay, they wonder if the new owner can force them to move from the parlor floor where they are now to the garden apartment -- thus continuing to supply them with a place to live. Would this invalidate their rights as far as rent control is concerned (i.e., do the laws only apply to the unit, or if an owner wishes to occupy space himself, can he reasonably move tenants to a similar space where their rent-controlled status will be protected)?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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