Posted by Michael Kraft on May 28, 2001 at 23:48:50:
I'm a rent-stabilized tenant in an apartment in a 10-unit Manhattan
brownstone. Three occupants in the building hold fictitious sublets. The owner created the 'sublets' as a condition of renting their apartments to them. He has now notified all 3 of them (i) that the building has been sold, (ii) that the new owner plans to renovate it, and (iii) that they have to vacate their respective apartments at the end of their current 'subleases.' (To date the owner has not sent any notices to the regular tenants -- i.e., the ones that hold actual leases.)
1. What are the rights of these 'subtenants'? What course of action should they take to remain in their apartments? Do they have a statutory right to full tenancies based on the landlord's fabrication of illusory sublets?
2. If the building really has been sold, can the new owners evict tenants (i.e., as well as subtenants) based on plans for renovations?
Thanks very much.
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