Posted by New York Tenant on July 06, 2001 at 11:06:06:
In Reply to: My long-lost roommate, psycho super & indiferent LL posted by Gina on July 05, 2001 at 12:49:01:
This revised message has the correct information:
You have a right to a renewal lease in your own name. Check the E-Mail of the Week for December 4, 2000 (although it isn't weekly any more) on the Rent Guidelines Board website, http://www.housingnyc.com/questions/past_emails/emailweek12_4_00.html, where this issue was addressed. You also have the right to have a roommate.
Your now-departed co-tenant is legally obligated to you for half the rent and other charges for the remainder of the most recent renewal lease that she signed, although suing her and collecting from her would be very difficult, because she has left the city.
File complaints with DHCR about your name not being on its records and not being on the rent bill, about the actions of the landlord's attorneys, and the conduct of the super.
Check your lease about attorneys' fees. If you would have had to go to court to defend yourself against the landlord's false charges, most likely the landlord would have been liable for your attorneys' fees.
You and your roomate may have to escalate this beyond the DHCR level, especially if the super's actions cause you to lose you a roommate. Your gay roommate could probably file complaints with the NYPD and with several human rights agencies because of the super's conduct. If none of this works, you might have to hire a lawyer to sue the landlord and the super, and the landlord would probably be liable for your attorneys' fees.
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