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Sublet Co-op Apartment and Removed Carpet

Posted by Mark Smith on August 24, 1999 at 23:19:00:

In Reply to: Need Advice !!! posted by Jon on August 23, 1999 at 16:39:16:

First, that should teach you never to do business with a relative. Second, if you sublet a rent regulated apartment, you should insist on getting a full copy of the prime tenant's lease. For other than a rent regulated apartment, you should get a copy of the prime tenant's lease, although the prime tenant may want to redact (white-out, electronically delete, etc.) the amount of rent being paid to the building owner/co-op/condo.

If you had had a copy of the prime tenant's lease, and if it contained a clause requiring a certain percentage of the floor area to be carpeted, you probably would not have removed the carpet and finished the floor.

: I subleted a Co-op from a relative about three years ago in terrible condition. I signed a one year lease originally but have not signed anything since, although my lease has been renewed with the Co-op board every year since. It has been turbulent with the landlord ever since I moved in; with incidents of unnotified entry,outrageous rent increases and capital improvements that were not reimbursed. when doing the capital improvements I ripped out the carpet, which had never been replaced, to varnish the floors. I have since moved out and I found out through the landlord that is against co-op rules not to have carpet on the floor and is looking to have me replace it and is looking to take me to court if I dont.I dont have the money,he never told me while I was living there and he is pretty unreasonable to deal with. What should I do!?!?!?!?

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