Posted by Dawn on January 10, 2001 at 14:28:45:
In Reply to: Landlord and New Lease posted by HarlemLady on January 10, 2001 at 10:07:39:
What kind of lease did you have with the landlord? Check the options of the lease that currently expired. Is it possible to just get an extension on this previous lease? I don't believe he can change the rules midway in the game -- I would not sign the two year lease -- what are the landlord's reasons? or does the landlord know you so well that he's thinking you may not be able to move out in a year? Perhaps he's just trying to cover himself and you.
Write him off a letter, sent certified mail or fed ex (preferably). Tell him about your previous conversation with him about the one year and your plans for moving to your own brownstone. Go on to say with that in mind you were surprised you received the two year lease instead of the one year from him instead. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding? Ask for a compromise. Ask for a one year lease or extension, with an option to renew for the second year if and when you decide not to move. You can agree that if you do decide to stay on the second year, that there will be X amount of increase. It's worth a shot. Make sure to get THIS ALL IN WRITING. Another idea: he and you can cross out and initial the two year language and change it to one-year language throughout the document. That may be chancy as you or he might miss something but it's another idea. Hopefully you and the landlord have had a pleasant or decent relationship up to this point. Tell us how it goes.
: Situation: I am currently a renter in a three-family landlord-occupied brownstone and my last least most recently expired last month (12/00). I am in preparation for purchasing my own brownstone, with move-in date to be exactly one year from now. My landlord has been well aware that I would be leaving and we had discussed in the past months of him just giving my a one year lease renewal, which would be all I would need before moving into my own home. But, lo-and-behold this past December, he served me with a new lease specifying two years instead one year! When I questioned this, he stated that he knows I'm going to break the least and to not worry about it.
: Question: I'm thinking that if I sign the lease, by law, I would be liable for not only the second year's rent, but I would also forfeit my rental deposit. Right?
: I know that the landlord wanted to get the maximum rent on the two-year contract. So, what if I just not sign the lease and just pay the rent monthly with no written agreement until I leave next December?
: Any input is appreciated :-).
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