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Re: Is it legal 2 apts to be made into 1?..Here are some problems

Posted by richard on August 27, 1999 at 14:28:12:

In Reply to: Is it legal 2 apts to be made into 1? posted by Judy on August 26, 1999 at 17:18:44:

I would seriously get a lawyer for this............

Here are the potential problems......

The LL obviously is hiding the fact that you can pay for the
construction, and get 2 rent stabilized leases, and unless you have it
in writing, he could ...if you piss him off in 2 years claim you
illegally altered the apartment and viola....he has grounds for eviction
of both apartments!

Then because the apartment is a new construction, yes even just opening
a door way between two apartments makes it a NEW UNIT....Voila.... NO
RENT CONTROLS FOREVER!...or $3000 a month and up.

You are giving the LL tens of thousands of dollars in new found rent

So then he could get a new Cof O and deregulate the apt.

Why do you want 2 apts?...if is for a business purpose maybe a lawyer
can negotiate a 10 year lease with yearly increases.

So we still need more info.

: I'm in the very initial stages of talking to my landlord about renting two adjoining rent stabilized apts in my building, knocking down part of an adjoining wall, and making it one apt. I will be paying for all construction. Is any of this legal? Do my significant other and I have to sign two separate leases? Does this require special filings with DHCR or elsewhere? My landlord keeps mumbling something about additional expenses related to city paperwork? Anyone know the score or where I can look into it?

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