Posted by Cranky Tenant on December 01, 2001 at 01:59:36:
In Reply to: lease renewal/rent increase in renovated apartment posted by mpage on November 30, 2001 at 13:43:25:
Either your LL isn't being honest with you or he doesn't know what he's doing. Nobody lives in an apartment without paying rent for 10 years unless there's something else going on. Maybe this so called "squatter" won a case against him and is taking it out in rent. If the LL renovated all of the apartments except that one, most likely that tenant is rent stabilized.
: I have a situation that I can't find any information on. I live in a building where the landlords gutted and renovated all but one unit. The unit that has not been renovated is inhabited by a 'squatter', someone who has not paid rent in 10 years and the landlords cannot get her out. When I signed my lease last year, we agreed that to renew, the increase would not be ridiculous. We negotiated over the phone and agreed upon a $50 increase per month, but I have not received a written addendum. I paid the increase on good faith last month, and now I'm living there with no lease, no renewal, nothing. What are my rights? What is the actual ceiling on how much they can increase my rent? Can I withhold my rent until I see something in writing, as they promised? I'm in the process of composing a letter to them, but I want to know what my rights actually are.
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