Posted by TenantNet on October 19, 1997 at 01:50:22:
In Reply to: Re: Calling a sublease a roommate posted by gary on October 18, 1997 at 14:40:18:
: No, my understanding is that the succession law, even though watered down recently, still allows succession to "significant others." If your roomate asserts that he or she had that status, I believe he or she has a right to the lease.
: However, this person would have to be living with you for some time (how much I do not know) before you leave.
It's a two year period (one year if the prime tenant is over 62 or disabled).
But it's not as simple as "asserting" a non-traditional family relationship.
Such "assertions" are scrutinized and challenged and it's the burden of the
tenant and/or successor to show and prove an actual "familial" relationship. There's
a series of tests iterated in the DHCR guidelines and includes emotional
committment and financial intermingling of accounts. It's not easy.
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