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Upholding a Lease in a Private Apt.

Posted by Regency Reader on November 30, 1999 at 13:17:14:

I rent a (legal) garage apartment that's privately owned. The landlord only owns this one apartment, which
is adjacent to his house. I have a standard pre-printed one year lease, which runs out in June. A few
weeks ago, my landlord discovered a serious problem with the heating system, and he doesn't want to
do extensive repairs while I am living there. He's asked me to move out right away. I don't want to move
at this time, and since I signed a lease I don't think he can force me to leave. This seems like a clear
violation of my lease, since I've always paid all my rent on time, etc. But since my landlord is only
renting this one apartment, are the laws different? I've been reading through some of the references
at this site, and many of them refer to "3 or more apartments". Do different rules apply to someone with
just one rental?

And secondly, if this is illegal, what steps should I take? I live in Rockland County. Thank you.

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