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Rights as an occupant

Posted by Justin O'Grady on October 04, 1999 at 21:27:09:

I live in NYC, NY in a 2 unit private building that has been around forever in TriBeCa. The building is not under any rent regulation as far as I know. I was invited into a loft by two other friends/occupants in order to help subsidize the rent. After living here for 36 months, my roommates want me to move on and find my own place.
I said that I would look for a new place and I further promised one of my roommates that I would move out by a certain time. He subsequently moved in his fiancee. Unfortunately, I got laid off from work and my roommate (the one who moved in his finacee) is harassing me to move out. I really am not in a position to move out of the apt/loft yet and it is really indefinite how long it will take me to move out. Yet, the roommate who moved in his fiancee continues to harass me. My name was not on the lease from the beginning and the other two roommates just renewed the lease for two more years without my knowledge.
In fact, there is no written contract or subcontract between me and my roommates or anybody for that matter. Do I have any rights as an occupant? (i.e., Is my name as good as being on the lease according to some occupancy law?)

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