Posted by W. Gordon on November 17, 1997 at 00:41:03:
My husband and I live in the garden apartment of a four unit building in
Brooklyn, NY. In June our lease was up for renewal, and our landlord sent
a signed renewal form with a rent increase to $1250. We did not sign this
renewal, but instead entered into a negotiation to reduce the rent to $1200.
In August, the landlord agreed to give us a 2 year lease at $1200/mo, and
despite repeated requests did not send the renewal until mid October.
We signed the lease renewal and sent it back. It was accompanied by a note
which is dated and signed and says: "Please sign both copies, the owner will
then countersign and will return a copy to you. Ten days later we are informed
that the landlord is selling the building , and as far as he's concerned, we
do not have a lease, and he will serve us with eviction papers at the end
of this month. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks . Wendy
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