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Re: rights of subletter...?

Posted by TenantNet on October 17, 1998 at 21:38:35:

In Reply to: rights of subletter...? posted by Jeff on October 08, 1998 at 11:11:22:

: I moved into an apartment, under a subleasing agreement with people I know (verbal only). Now, after having taken my first rent check and cashed it last month, the real estate co. that owns the building tells me I am illegal (which I didn't know) and that I have to move out immediately.

: Do I have any recourse or is there a public agency I could contact here in NYC to find out what, if any, my rights are?

Whether or not you are illegal is determined by a court, not the landlord. He has the option to bring the prime tenant and you to court, but he can't just change the locks. Read the March 96 edition of Met Council paper (on the web site under NY Tenant Groups) for an article on subletting. And make sure the person you're subletting from, the prime tenant, has done things properly.

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