Posted by Ben on August 06, 2001 at 22:28:16:
In Reply to: Getting an extra front door key from Landlord - please advise posted by Harry Cho on August 06, 2001 at 15:45:41:
: Landlord will not issue an extra front door key (I cannot copy the key without a code) - says only has to for people on the lease (currently, just me). I live in a rent stabilized studio apartment. When I renew my lease, is adding a person (i.e. sister/mother) to the lease easy enough or can I just say they are a roommate and get a key that way? I haven't seen anything compelling a landlord to give keys to a roommate. All I want to have is a extra key for visiting family/friends.
: Thanks for any advice you may have,
Adding someone to your lease will result in him or her being legally responsible for your rent and will turn your renewal lease into a vacancy lease and increase your rent permanently by 18-20%.
Saying you have a roommate will probably irritate the landlord if your application stated only you would live there; although you have an absolute right to have a roommate, this might be an invitation to trouble.
I suggest you write him a polite but firm letter requesting the second key with an offer to pay the cost of the key; tell him your mother is coming to visit in ten days and she needs to be able to come and go while you're at work. Your landlord is being very unreasonable but I've never heard of anything to force him to give you that second key.
Another tactic: find some written authority (start with our own NYPD on http://nyc.gov) which advises us to have that second key to give to a friend or neighbor in case we get mugged or are in an accident... so someone can get into our apartment and get our health insurance card to bring to the emergency room! or water our plants while we're on vacation, etc.
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