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Re: LL not depositing checks

Posted by EGH on November 14, 2000 at 16:28:51:

In Reply to: LL not depositing checks posted by home improver on November 14, 2000 at 00:08:51:

Is there any reason not to provide documentation
giving you permission to make repairs? You don't
seem to be under any obligation to do so, but
unless the documentation contains information you
want to conceal, there seems to be no reason not
to give the new agent a copy.

I also see no reason not to continue sending your rent
checks to the agent as provided in your lease. If
he isn't cashing them, that's his income lost. When
landlords accept payments from a tenant, it helps
establish the right of the tenant to live in an apartment.
The new landlord may be holding checks uncashed
because he does not want to cede to tenants he does not
know this right without making sure they really
are legitimate tenants. Holding onto uncashed
checks for three months seems like overkill to me.
I question your landlord's business judgement.

If you have a valid rent stabilized lease, of course,
you are a legitimate tenant whether or not the
landlord accepts your payments, so you have nothing
to worry about, except an unbalanced checkbook.
You might want to send the landlord a copy of your
lease by certified mail with a cover letter
documenting that he has not cashed your checks
and reminding him that you are indeed a legal tenant.

: A new landlord (and Management company) has taken over my building. I deal only with the management company. My building is stabilized. when I first moved in here I had an agreement (documented by email) with the previous management company to do some construction in this apartment.

: Shortly after the new company took over I needed to have my bath sink repaired. Before they would do the repairs the manager came to my apartment. The matter of the construction came up and the manager told me that I could do no more construction without permission and asked that I provide the documentation of my agreement with the previous management company. I have not done any construction since the new management took over.

: Its been about 3 months now and the new management company has not deposited any of my checks. I spoke to the manager about this and he said that they were not depositing the checks until they receive the documentation and confirm that everything is "on the up and up". Im fairly certain that they would like to evict people and try to de-control the building as soon as possible. Am I obligated to turn over documents? Should I? What about the Checks?

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