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Re: Mitchell-Lama Court Decision

Posted by Anna on July 16, 1999 at 11:53:05:

In Reply to: Mitchell-Lama Court Decision posted by Arun on July 10, 1999 at 15:48:09:

: My building's owner recently bought out of the Mitchell Lama program and increased our rents. Some of the rents were increaed more than others and the landlord told us that some tenants were protected by DHCR, while some were not. In the notice of increase, the landlord referred to a "plan of dissolution" of the housing company and transfer of the building to a new company that was approved by the New York Supreme Courty on June 28(?), 1999.

: Does anybody know how I can obtain a copy of the plan or court papers (the tenants association challenged the move, but nobody seems to have the papers) and find out what the terms of the deal were?

: Thanks

: Arun

Court procedures are public records: you should be able to photocopy it at the Supreme Court, NY County, 60 Centre St, basement. Sometimes the clerks or other people there are quite helpful: look up your landlord's name as plaintiff/petitioner in the computer. The defendant/respondent should be the state of NY and/or DHCR.

You can get more info about Mitchell-Lama programs on TenantNet: Met Council articles & DHCR rules. And on DHCR's website:

In NYC: some programs are run by the city, some by the state. A little (I mean little!) more info is on HPD's website on NYC's official website.

You might also go to DHCR, 25 Beaver St, and ask to see a counselor to explain this process to you.

When you do get the court decision, more info from these websites, and copies of the three different leases (med first year, med > 1 year, non-med tenant), take them (with one of each type of tenant!) to a Tenant Clinic (some are listed on TenantNet, call Met Council for others).

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