Posted by Dan on July 29, 1999 at 16:13:13:
I have lived in a rent controlled apartment in Manhattan for five years. I was the original signer of the lease, and I have shared the apartment with a steady stream of roomates. My current roomate has lived in the apartment for six months, and the landlords allowed him to add his name to the current lease a few months ago, on the condition of my verbal agreement that I was still responsible for the full amount of the rent. I plan to move when the current lease expires, but my roomate wishes to stay in the apartment. I do not intend to sign my name to another lease on this apartment. (i.e. I don't want to sublet) My big question is as follows
: can my roomate, whose name is now on the lease, sign a renewal lease on this apartment, with the 2% increase (or whatever it is for a rent controlled apartment?) Or is there a distinction between my rights as the signer of the original lease, and my roomate's rights as a recently added name? Can the landlord force him to vacate the apartment? Does he have any succession rights?
An answer to this question would be very helpful!!
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