Posted by TenantNet on March 01, 1998 at 20:19:15:
In Reply to: Deceptive late rent notice? posted by Rob on February 23, 1998 at 14:34:42:
: My landlord gets deceptive with late rent notices. Is there anything I
: can do?
: Namely, the late rent notice comes on a tri-folded sheet of paper. When
: folded, one visible panel reads "Notice to Tenant" and the other two parts
: of that side of the page have boilerplate legal text relating to proof of
: service, as if this were a court document. That boilerplate text is
: always left blank.
: On the inside, the late rent notice is written in legal jargon -- basically,
: a single-sentence paragraph that takes about seven typewritten lines. It's
: not easy to understand, but the gist of it is that the tenant has three
: days to pay late rent plus all late fees, or a legal eviction proceeding
: will be commenced. (The late fee is $1 per day with no cap.) This is
: three -days-, not three business days.
: Overall, the effect of the document is to make it appear as if it is a
: legal notice of some sort, even though (to the best of my determination)
: it is not an actual legal notice but, under NY law, a courtesy.
It is legal. Owners must give you a three day written demand letter
(in NYC) before going to housing Court. Ignore the late fees though.
They make it sound as intimidating as possible.
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