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Rental of sponsor-owned co-op apartment

Posted by Irene Diaz-Nannery on June 06, 2001 at 15:17:42:

For almost 4 years I have been renting an apartment that is a
sponsor-owned co-op. A little over a year ago, he sent me a letter
telling me that he would not renew my least (which expired on 8/31/00)
because he wanted to sell the apartment. I was given the choice to buy
or to move. Since then I have been living as a month-to-month tenant
without a lease. For awhile, the landlord would call every two month to
ask how my search for an apartment is going. Lately it has been every
month. The same is true for other tenants in my situation who live in
the building. We understand that some of the persons who have recently
bought have been putting pressure on the landlord to get us out ASAP and
they are also trying to replace him as a managing agent. I have been
having a difficult time in securing a decent place to live, as have all
the other tenants who are still renting. I recently spoke with someone
who had been a treasurer of his co-op board for about 10 years and he
told me that the sponsor canno force me to move and that I have the
right to ask him for a lease.

The fact is, I do want to move, but since I have not so far had much
success in getting a decent apartment, the alternative would be to at
least get a one-year lease.

What can you advise?

Thank you so much for getting back to me.

Irene Diaz-Nannery

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