TenantNet posted in the TenantNet Conference Area
Dated : May 24, 1998 at 20:49:07
Subject: Re: rent reduction
: i live in a rent controlled building in the L.E.S.
: I got the apartment as a sublet for 800 dollars a month,
: and six months after, signed a lease in my name for 887 dollars a month.
: last year they raised the rent to 928 dollars, and now they're raising it
: to 948 dollars. Due to personal and financial circumstances I can not afford
: the rent. I asked for a reduction and they said no because I was now renting it
: for under market price which she said was 1000 dollars. This apartment building
: is owned by a company who owns many buildings in LES. The building itself is
: not in good condition and I suspect that there could have been illegal increases
: in rent. Do I have any rights to refuse to pay said rent and to ask for a new
: lease with a more reasonable rent-or must i just move-which i do not want to do
: nor can afford to do?
There is no market, so the "market price" is just baloney. But you have no
legal right to reduce the rent just because you are having hard times.
If the increases are illegal, you can file a complaint and hope that
DHCR will either a) not screw you or b) decide the case sometime within
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