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$600 rent increase on a non-stabilized apartment in a stabilized building

Posted by Anne Eastman on August 06, 1998 at 14:52:47:

Situation: I have a one year lease on a non-regulated apartment in
Manhattan (which does contain rent-stabilized units, though mine is not).
My lease is up Aug 31. Upon not receiving a lease renewal notice
from my landlord I called last week and was informed that I could renew if
I agreed to an increase of $250. I told them that seemed like a large increase
but that I would get back to them. This week (Aug 3) they called and
informed me that they have changed their minds and the increase will
be over $600. This has all come as a shock because when I signed the
lease originally I was told by the building agent that the apartment was
rent stabilized. When I told this to the building owner's rep. she informed
me that the agent for the building had been fired and they very well might
have lied to me, but nonetheless the apartment is NOT rent-stabilized.
I have reviewed the lease and no where does it mention rent-stabilization.
The rent is presently $2300 per month.

I am planning on consulting a lawyer but that will take a week and the
landlord is demanding an answer by today. I'm worried that if I ask for more
time to consider whether or not to renew, they will recind all offers and
simply refuse to renew. Is there any time span for considering the offer
that I am entitled to.

Is a $600 increase on a non-regulated apartment ($2300) reasonable?

Any advice on this matter would be appreciated.

Thank You,

Anne Eastman

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