Posted by MikeW on April 18, 2001 at 17:09:33:
In Reply to: Landlord Illegally Decontrolling Apt's posted by Ray on April 17, 2001 at 23:14:47:
I don't know if the tenants' association can take action directly. The new tenants are really the injured party. However the assoc can encourage these tenents to take action.
Assuming this is NYC, the first thing the tenants can do is request the history of the apartments from the DHRC. This should give the apts regulatory and rent history. If the apartments are still considered regulated this would show up. If the apartments are considered deregulated it should state why (ie. of the LL claimed an MCI to bump up the rent).
If, after reviewing the rent history, the tenant feels he is being overcharged, he should retain a lawyer. Any resolution will entail the threat or actuality of going to court, so at that point it should not be DIY.
: We have a situation in our rent-regulated,81-apartment building where the Landlord has kept about 6-7 apartments vacant for few months, tried to rent them as "furnished Corporate Apartments", which did not work: And now he is renting them for whatever rent he can get. This, even though the apartments are rent-stabilized, and not in the area of the "$2000 Decontrol" rules. He is simply ignoring the rent laws, and giving the new Tenants a non-regulated lease,at exhorbitant rents. Please respond with a Step-by-step response to this, for both the Tenants individually, and the Tenants Association! THANKS!
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