Posted by New York Tenant on May 30, 2001 at 09:52:34:
In Reply to: Can a landlord increase my rent by 10% bc of a subletter? posted by Keyser Soze on May 28, 2001 at 23:05:17:
The 10% surcharge for subletting has nothing to do with DHCR's recent revisions to the Rent Stabilization Code.
The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) has allowed a subletting surcharge in its last few guidelines, including the current guidelines (just search for the keyword "sublet").
RGB Apartment and Loft Order #32:
Furthermore, you, as a tenant, have always been allowed to charge an additional 10% for subletting a fully furnished apartment.
Therefore, if you're subletting a fully furnished apartment, you could charge the subtenant 120% of your current rent and pay 110% of your current rent to the landlord during the term of the sublet.
: My landlord is claiming that the new revisions to the Rent Stabilization Code "entitle" him to a 10% increase on my monthly rental payment for the period of my summer sublease. He told me this three weeks after I had already agreed to terms with the new subletter and gained his approval. It came as a shock to both my and my subletter and now we are trying to figure out how to renegotiate our sublet contract.
: I've looked online and found 2525.6(c) of the new DHCR Rent Stabilization Code, which provides that the landlord can increase the rent upon acceptance of a sublease according to the "vacancy allowance" provided for in 2522.8 of the Code but cannot make heads or tails of how to compute the correct "vacancy allowance." I would appreciate anyone's advice on this matter greatly! You can also email me.
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