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No Copy of the Lease - Grounds for Termination?

Posted by Jeremy on February 14, 2002 at 23:39:58:


I recently saw this in the Renter's FAQ:

"New York City rent stabilized tenants are entitled to receive
from their landlords a fully executed copy of their signed lease
no more than 30 days after the tenant signs the lease. The
lease's beginning and ending date must be stated. (L. 1984 Ch.

I have not received a copy of my lease, signed in mid-December. I was told I would receive a copy when I gave my super the keys to my 'top lock.' Upon moving in, the super instructed me not to use the locksmith the landlord recommended, that he instead would install it and save me "lots." He requested I give him $100, which I did on December 26th. The lock was not installed until after January 5th. On two separate occasions in January I approached the landlord with a copy of the key and was told the super was "too busy to take it" and asked to please "not give it to [him]" at that time. Finally, on January 29th he accepted the key. It is now mid-February and I have yet to receive a copy of my lease.

Is this grounds for lease termination?

If so, what is the recommended course of action?

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