Posted by W Cramer on February 18, 1999 at 12:50:29:
In Reply to: Possible Apartment renovations posted by Michelle Service on February 18, 1999 at 11:30:12:
What kind of apartment...is it regulated? In NYC in order to raise the rent of a regulation apartment the landlord must pay out of pocket for capital improvement, submit an MCI increase request. If its a improvement like new refrigerator or stove the landlord again pays for it and asks for a 1/40th of cost rent increase...in this case however the tenant can refuse until lease renewal time.
Whatever the case if you're paying for approved improvements then the landlord can not ask for a rent increase but of course may try scare you off to get a higher paying tenant....my advise its not your property pay for no improvments out of your pockets because if end up leaving landlord just got a higher rent without any out of pocket expenses.
: After living in an apartment for almost 4 years, I decided since I love thegarden and the apartment is a bit shabby that I would like to spruce up the apartment and let more light into the living area. I contacted the landlord to let him know what my intentions were. He came to look at the partment told me to go ahead and get some quotes on the cost of construction get their insurance information, etc. We had one person look a t the place that he recommended and another I've worked with. The landlord sent me a letter , after speaking with his person, saying we would need to talk about extra rent compensation.
: I called him about it and he started babbling on random tangents about 1% vacancy rates and capital imporovements and more rent. I asked him to clarify if I would have to pay more rent if I did this work and he said no, send me the drawings of what you want to do, the contrators liability ins and he would sign off on it. He sent a letter stating the same. I sent him the information and he stopped returning my phone calls. I've called him constantly and yesterday got a vicious note under my door from him saying that he's been so cordial and accomodating and I'm taking advantage of him because I paid this month's rent late(one day aftr the 10th of the month)???? Anyway I think he wants to get me out of the apartment, to do the construction himself and get more money from new tenants for the rent. I need to find out some information on capital improvements on the renters side. Also can he use this incident to say I'm a disruptive tenant and not renew my lease which will expire in March, 1999? HELP!!! Should I be packing??
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