Posted by Free market tenant on September 16, 2000 at 16:09:30:
In Reply to: rights for non-rent control/stabilized tenants posted by puzzled on September 15, 2000 at 11:35:47:
When you rent an apartment at market rent, you and the landlord are on equal terms legally. You are free to make an agreement that includes any type of request you want, and you and your landlord can come to your own deal. Compare this to a rent-stabilized situation, where ALL decisions involving the apartment are made by city government, not landlord or tenant. If you think its hard to convince your landlord of something then try changing city hall. There is a topic a few posts down in which people are hashing over a refridgerator and how it must be "approved of" by the city, which also approves of the amount of rent increase, unless the landlord replaces the fridge with a used one, in which case no increase applies ... I JUST WANT AN APARTMENT WITH A GOOD FRIDGE AND HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN THIS !
Unfortunetly, "tenant activists" in New York City have focused on those leaches who occupy rent controled and stabilized apartments. The result of nearly 1/2 of New York's housing stock having an artificially low rent is that the rest the apartments left on the free market have unusually high rents ... anyone reading this board and the number of posts from people subletting rent stab apartments, to lawyers offering their services to help "illusory tenants" defraud their way into an apartment can plainly see that the holders of rent stabilied apartments act in their own selfish interest and not on behalf of poor or newly arrived New Yorkers, the very people rent controls are supposed to protect.
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