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I have another perspective

Posted by will on June 05, 2001 at 15:36:20:

In Reply to: About Freakin' Time: Justice for rent gougers! posted by Komo on June 05, 2001 at 14:41:58:

Lets look at this from another perspective...both the tenant and the roommate had a private agreement. Private is in "the right to privacy". Now this rule means landlords can feel legally justified in invading someones privacy...asking for private contracts, asking for receipts, bank account balances, bills...doesn't anyone consider this problematic?? The only ones benefiting from this are the landlords (big surprise NOT)...this one in particular will have a vacancy allowance based on 23 years of occupancy, renovations and presto chango an non rent stabilized apartment going for about 3-4 thousand a!

And newsflash this roommate is never gonna get a sweet deal like this...he entered it knowing the deal. Most roommates do. Now his $2,200 will get him a closet on the east side avenue A. And this woman will be living in what she can afford...I hope she doesn't end up homeless...before this law both were safe and happy.


: Court: Tenant of Rent-Stabilized Apt. Who Charged Big Bucks to Roommate Could Be Evicted
: The Associated Press
: Published: Jun 5, 2001

: NEW YORK (AP) - Taking in a roommate was a good deal for 70-year-old retiree Jean Mazzola: She paid $1,847.77 a month in rent and the roommate paid her $2,200.
: But a Housing Court judge ruled that the arrangement could be too good to be legal under rent stabilization rules. Now Mazzola's landlord might evict them both under a new state regulation.

: Mazzola has lived for 32 years in a spacious, two-bedroom apartment on ritzy Park Avenue. Brian Moro joined her as a roommate in March.

: About 2.3 million New York City residents live under rent protection, which stabilizes housing costs.

: The rule upheld by Housing Court Judge Larry S. Schachner on May 30 prevents rent-stabilized tenants from charging roommates more than their fair share, generally interpreted as half the rent.

: Mazzola's lawyer, Darnay Hoffman, is appealing the decision.

: Mazzola, who suffers from emphysema and heart ailments, said she needs a roommate to pay her bills and contends that the law does not provide for evictions. But the judge ruled that the owner can cite the regulation during an upcoming trial in the eviction lawsuit.

: The roommate rule is part of a disputed rewriting of rent regulations by the state. Tenant representatives are challenging the revisions in court, arguing that the state overstepped its authority in making the changes. The state defends its actions.

: AP-ES-06-05-01 1354EDT


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