Posted by Anne on June 30, 2000 at 14:39:08:
I've been living in my apt in Brooklyn for nine years. Old building (building code C4-"old law tenement"), all rentals, nine units. I've always had a lease, which always has, printed at the bottom, "this is a nine-unit destabilized building," with no explanation. Over the nine years, my rent has risen modestly with each lease--currently at $800. Now the landlord wants to jack up the rent for me and two other long-time neighbors.
DHCR has no rent history on the building.
On cross-examination, the (lying scum) building manager once vaguely referred to a tax abatement (J-51? The building was rehabbed before I moved in in 1991, probably a few years before.) On this trail, HPD sent me to Dept of Finance, which says there's no record of J-51 on the building going back to 1981. Even if there was a J-51 that expired, would that make the apartments market rate if they were stabilized BEFORE the J-51? And how do I find out if they WERE stabilized before then?
What do you think? Stabilized or not?? DHCR is sending me a form to complain about the building not being registered with them. Is that the best way to pursue this? Any insight gratefully accepted.
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