Posted by Nick (again) on November 22, 1998 at 13:40:51:
In Reply to: Removal of lobby attendants posted by Nick on November 17, 1998 at 15:51:49:
: On Oct 21 I moved into a market rate apt in Manhattan. Several of the other tenants are stbilized or controlled, but I understand I am not (pay more than $2000/month rent and moved in after 1997). My broker told the landlord's rental agent that I required a 24-hour attended lobby. They told her that my buidling had 24-hour elevator operators for the manual elevators. On Friday, Nov 13, the landlord announced the elevators would switch to automatic around Dec 15, the attendants fired, and NOT replaced. My standard form lease says that the landlord can do this. Do the controlled and stabilized tenants have the right an attended lobby? Do I have grounds to break my lease and move out? Several of us moved in within the last 6 months, all paying market rents, and were all told that the building had 24-hour lobby attendants in the form of elevator operators.
See DHCR Adm Review Docket No. 410257-RO, in which the learned Deputy Commissioner Elliot Sander states: "It is not a question of whether the conversion to automatic operation will result in a decrease in verticle transportation but whether such conversion will result in a decrease in building-security and ancillary services." As a former IRS attorney who moved up here this fall, I must say that New York landlord-tenant law is, to put it mildly, somewhat convoluted. Not crystal-clear like Federal income tax law.
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