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Re: taking over rent controlled apartment

Posted by Ace on October 04, 2001 at 13:43:17:

In Reply to: taking over rent controlled apartment posted by Nathaniel Ruhlman on October 04, 2001 at 12:53:19:

See if your relative can put your name on the apartment lease. She can send a letter to the LL and put your name on the lease as a co-tenant, not an occupant (there is a difference between the two -- if she just puts you as occupant then you have no rights to the place). All it takes is for her to send the letter certified, or Fed Ex (you get a signature upon receipt for Fed Ex!) and that's that. The LL can claim he's in no hurry but you are family and related so that may work in your favor. And if the LL has been accepting your personal checks to pay the rent on behalf of your relative, and LL cashes it, that establishes a relationship as well, but don't bring this up until the time comes. Save that tidbit for your lawyer (bringing copies of the cancelled checks to your lawyer!).

: I have been living with my great grandmother in a rent controlled apartment on riverside drive for 10 years (its been in the family for close to 70 years). She will most likely be moving out to a nursing home in a year or so. My name is not on the lease, but I have some utilities in my name and i have also been taking care of her for the past two years. What do I need to do to insure that i take over the apartment? The landlord is in no hurry to put me on the lease, is he required to put me on the lease if I've been living here?

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