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New Landlord, Renewal Lease, Demand for Cash Rent

Posted by Mark Smith on August 24, 1999 at 12:41:19:

In Reply to: Re: More info needed posted by Tasha on August 24, 1999 at 11:18:39:

It really has nothing to do with him being a new landlord. He has no greater (or lesser) rights than the previous landlord. And he has no right to demand the rent in cash.

In a six-unit building, your apartment should be rent stabilized. Assuming that the lease expires December 31, 1999, the landlord must offer you a renewal lease no later than September 2, 1999, to get an increase effective January 1, 2000. If he doesn't, you can wait until he does offer a renewal lease, or file a complaint with DHCR. In any event, the rent increase will be delayed if the renewal offer is made late.

If your apartment is rent stabilized, the rent increase is 2% for a one-year lease or 4% for a two-year lease. Go to, or click on the link at the end of this message, for more information on the Rent Guidelines Board increases for apartments and lofts, effective October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000.

: : Where is this (city, state)?

: : what type of housing (apt building, apt in pvt house, etc)?

: : Is there a lease?

: New York...Queens to be exact

: 6-Family tenement

: yes the lease is up in December....

: can he ask for $80, in cash, right away, without me seeing a new lease?

: how much is he allowed to raise the rent?
: I look up information but can't find anything on "new" landlords

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