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Visitors/Roommates: The Straight Facts

Posted by Ken on November 02, 2000 at 20:03:53:

In Reply to: visitors posted by phredude on November 02, 2000 at 09:34:16:

Some facts are in order here.

Real Property Law section 235-f is the operative law here.

When more than one person is named on the lease, the law allows ONE additional roommate, other than the named tenants, and his/her dependant child under aged 4, to occupy the apartment.

I'll quote from the NYS attorney general's Tenant's Rights guide:

"Tenants must inform their landlords of the name of any occupant within 30 days after the occupant has moved into the apartment or whitin 30 days of a landlord's request for information. If the tenant named in the lease moves out, the remaining occupant has no right to continue in occupancy without the landlord's express consent. Landlords may limit the total number of people living in an apartment to comply with legal overcrowding standards."

I believe the health code of NYC requires 80 square feet of space for each adult or child over age 4 living in the apartment. Kitchens, hallways, closets or bathrooms are not considered in this calculation.

Standard Blumburg leases have a clause which allows the landlord to deny entry to the building to non-tenants, for obvious reasons.

Hope these facts can shine some light on your situation !

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