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Re: Possibly a problem

Posted by Mark Smith on May 25, 1999 at 14:01:58:

In Reply to: Yes, no problem posted by Will on May 25, 1999 at 12:26:53:

The answer is not as simple as Will suggests. If two or more tenants are parties to a lease and
both parties still reside in the apartment, there is no right to have a non-family member as a
roommate under New York State's roommate law
[Real Property Law 235-f].

There are two other possibilities. First, your
fiance could be considered a short-term guest,
which is permitted under many leases. Second,
your fiance could be considered a non-traditional family member; you are not yet married, so he
wouldn't be considered a traditional family

As a practical matter, even if your landlord goes to the extreme of terminating your tenancy, you
would have the right, even after a court decision against you, of curing the default within ten
days of your being properly notified of the
court's decision, under Real Property Actions
And Proceedings Law 753(4). But, in that
situation, you might be liable for the landlord's attorneys' fees.

: Since you and your roommate are both on the
lease EACH of you is entitled to have one family
member and one non family member living with
you....of cousre the apartment must be big
: Tell you landlord that you are exercising you
rights as NYC tenant to have your fiance stay as
your guest....

: Will

: : My roomate and I are both on the lease for
our apartment in Queens. Our landlord is a very
difficult man and has recently been giving me a
hard time when my fiancee stays one night on the
weekend. He's in the military and has six weeks
leave starting June 1 and intends to spend 5
weeks with me. However, I think my landlord will have a problem with this. What are my legal

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