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Landlord wants us out after sub-lease expires.. do we stand a chance?

Posted by Michelle on May 30, 2000 at 15:27:37:

I live in a rent stabilized apt on the Upper West Side. Our building was just sold and the new landlord wants to rennovate the apartments so he can raise the rent the 20% vacancy increase and also the 1/40th of rennovation costs. The old landlord verbally told us we could stay then said we had to leave in writing. The new landlord's manager kept telling us that she would take care of us but was not very specific. We just found out that taking care of us is letting us move into a rennovated 1 br for $2,300 per month. No thanks, that is not much of a deal.

At this time we can probably stay for 6 more months at the same rent and just leave after that or we can decide to go to court over this.

The only real catch is that the old landlord cashed our checks for 2 years instead doing it the usual way when there is a sublease (having the subtenant pay the tenant and the landlord only accepts checks only from the tenant). The new management company which just took over cashed 1 of our checks but would not cash the last 2.

Any hope for us?

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