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Re: Lease renewal - we want one!

Posted by DK on January 03, 1999 at 19:47:00:

In Reply to: Lease renewal - we want one! posted by nick on December 31, 1998 at 14:55:09:

You are now month-to-month tenants at the rent which the landlord has last accepted. Your month-to-month tenancy continues all of the other terms of your last lease. Because you are not subject to rent regulation, the landlord can raise the rent to any level which you agree. If you do not agree, the landlord can cancel your month to month tenancy by giving you a thirty day notice of cancellation which must be served in the same manner as an eviction notice.

Your landlord does not have to give you a written lease. It is a matter for agreement between you and the landlord.

: I live with my wife and two children in an apartment in a five family building (not rent controlled or stablz'd) in Brooklyn. We've lived here for almost ten years and although we started off with a one year lease, we've only received a new one every few years - the last lease ended in 1996. We've always paid our rent on time and have also paid rent increases when asked (every other year or so).
: A month or two ago we (and the other four families in the building) received a letter from the landlords informing us that the rent would increase in Jan by $150 per month (a higher percentage than usual). Although we're not too happy about it, we're willing to pay the increase but would also like to receive a new lease which would give us the assurance of having another year in the building without any further increases or other hassles.

: Questions:

: 1 What rights do we currently have?
: 2 Are the terms of our most recent lease still in effect since the landlords have been accepting our rent checks, or are we currently living "month to month"?
: 3 What rights do we have to demand a new lease stating the new rent?

: Hope someone can help...

: Thanks

: Nick

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