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Re: Landlord Abuse

Posted by Mark Smith on August 18, 1999 at 14:39:43:

In Reply to: Landlord Abuse posted by Tracy on August 18, 1999 at 10:58:54:

While I am not familiar specifically with D.C. law, I will tell you what applies in New York, and this should be similar in most areas for month-to-month leases, although the time periods may vary. You can check on TenantNet, and on the internet in general, for specifics on D.C. law.

The landlord would have to give the tenant 30-days' or one-month's notice to raise the rent or to terminate the lease. Even within New York state, the time period varies slightly, and only in New York City does the notice have to be in writing. In New York, the notice has to coincide with the rental period. For example, if the rent is paid on a calendar month basis, the landlord would have to give notice before September 1st to terminate the lease as of September 30th.

If the tenant doesn't move, or agree to the rent increase, the landlord can proceed to landlord-tenant/housing court to evict the tenant. In New York, after trial, the court can give the tenant up to six months to move. The maximum of six months is not always given, and I would suspect that the maximum period to move is much shorter in other areas.

: A friend has rented an apartment in Washington, D.C. for a period of
: approximately 2 1/2 years. For the first year, she had a valid lease signed by
: both parties. After the first year, my friend had a verbal agreement with the
: landlord that she would rent month-to-month. One week ago, the landlord (who
: lives in the building) stopped my friend on her way out and said that "if she
: does not sign a lease, she will be evicted." Additionally, he mentioned that
: he was raising the rent by $100/month. Unfortunately, my friend left on a two
: week vacation to Greece. I have been informed by a third party that the
: landlord has stated that he wants her out of the apartment by September 1.
: Since I live in the same building, she had asked me to look out for anything
: that the landlord might pull while she was gone. On a p

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