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Re: Sue or wait to be evicted?..or it could be

Posted by richard on February 21, 2000 at 07:33:53:

In Reply to: Sue or wait to be evicted? posted by Joe on February 20, 2000 at 22:39:10:

Or it could be if your rent is cheap enough he is waiting for the lease to end to evict you as a holdover, hoping you spent all the free rent money... and not have anything left for a lawyer.....and then maybe fix up the apt and charge market rent....... are their any other tenants not paying rent?

I still suggest at least consult with a lawyer, i belive it would look much better for you to sue him one day before the lease ends rather then for him to sue you one day after it ends.

personal experience sue them first and in Supreme court not housing, pay the $170 filing fee, and ask for LOTS of discovery.

: I live in a rent stabilized apartment in Manhattan. I have mice, roaches, no heat in two roooms, toilet doesn't flush, sink is broken, bathroom ceiling is in very bad shape and many other problems. I notified landlord in certified letter last July. After no reply, I stopped paying rent last August. He hasn't asked for a penny yet. QUESTION: Do I sue him to get repairs and ask for rent reductions or should I wait for him to start eviction notice and then go to court with my defense. I have read this site extensively and still don't know which is best. Given "stale rent" law, would it be easier to get repairs and get to keep the back rent (since I have not lived in an habitable apartment) by waiting for eviction? Is it better to sue or be sued in this case? Also, lease is up at end of May and he hasn't sent new lease yet. Can I continue to go on not paying without a new lease? Thanks...

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