Posted by TenantNet on January 09, 1999 at 15:15:09:
In Reply to: Re: NYC laws questions... posted by kiri on January 08, 1999 at 16:35:15:
: : I moved to NYC in August of this year. I have had numerous problems with my apartment and have started to seek recourse. I now find that I live in a building subject to Rent Stablizaiton, but wasn't told of this when I moved nor was provided with any info on previous rent. They asked me what I could pay! There was a 'super tip' required to move in. Now, I find that's illegal! AND, in my lease there is a han-written note that there's no interest on my deposit. Is that legal? What can I do? I didn't know these laws when I moved in, so did I forfeit any rights? Also, can I file habitability complaints with DHRC if my building is supposed to be regulated but apparently isn't? HELP!
: Every single thing you've mentioned so far is illegal. Start documenting all your actions. first, call the DCHR 718-739-6400 and tell them what happened. REquest a rental history of your apartment to see if you're being overcharged. Report also that landlord is withholding security deposit interest, also illegal.
Although some of the material on the web site is out of date, read and learn about rent stabilization starting with the FAQ/primers. Services are handled through DHCR and lack of maintenance by Housing Court. The UNIT is or is not subject to stabilization, not the building, so do your homework.
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