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Posted by Lucia on October 17, 2000 at 16:51:07:

We have been tenants of this building for 2 years with a month-to-month
lease that looked very suspicious to us from the first minute we saw it. We tried to get a one year lease but they would not agree so we signed it anyway and hoped that everything would be ok.
During the last year we have placed several complaints regarding lack of
heat, electricity, plumbing and structural problems, safety in the building,
etc. Most of the times the landlord paid attention to our complaints only
after getting a copy of the complaint from the NYC Department of Housing
Preservation and Development.
Things have got really unbearable lately -we even spent two days with no
electricity at all last week and since we have a 3 month old baby and work
at home the situation could not have been worse. On top of this problems, a
very valuable package that was delivered to our attention and left in the hallway was
stolen and we have a witness (the cleaning person) who says he saw the
managing agent of the building take the package. The first time we asked the agent whether he saw the package he said he did not. But when we told him what the cleaning guy have said he confessed that he saw the package and even took it but that he put it back in the hallway. This conversation took place on October, 10th.

Today, October 12th, we received a letter from the Management of the
building -which by the way has been in charge only for one month- asking us
to leave the apartment within 35 days, with no explanation at all. That letter was written the same day that we had the discussion with the agent (what a coincidence).
We are convinced that the reason why they want us to leave is because we
have defended our rights as tenants, and we firmly believe that this is a
case of retaliation.
We have been very good tenants: we have paid the rent every month and our relation with the other tenants could not be better.
We need advice and help as soon as possible since one month is a extremely
short notice and we are not willing to leave the apartment.
What can we do? What is our legal situation?

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