Posted by John F. on February 13, 2002 at 15:04:54:
In Reply to: update on Another DUMBO Loft Eviction posted by Jane on February 12, 2002 at 18:04:18:
Some nerve, writing you a demand to fix the LL's ceiling, maybe tell them it's their ceiling, and if they want to fix it you will give them permission to enter and complete the repair required to raise the ceiling. It's also the LL's responsibility to ensure that things are up to code, he's the owner and so has all the information about the building, and how is the tennant supposed to know anyways.
The lawyer or LL cannot force you to vacate, unless you willingly agree. They have to go to housing court to ask for a court order to give them legal permission to force you out, and that will take much more than 5 days, in the meantime you have every right to continue to live there. I'd write back and notify them that you do not agree and have not been given enough info to verify their confusing requests.
>What are the motivations of the landlord to kick us out now, and only us?
Maybe he wants to move in himself, or wants one extra commercial space. You can wait for the court hearing and ask then.
>he has been renting them as residential.
write some notes to bring. Find out where the local housing court is and read up about the procedures and your rights. Tenants often have many more rights than they realize.
You can look up the fire inspection number, but since you don't own the building they will probably not be allowed to give you any specific information. So you can try asking both the LL and the lawyer.
Welcome!, lots of people never write an update or say thanks, so there is not always much encouragment to help answer any of these questions.
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