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What Every Landlord and Tenant Should Know

Posted by Mark Smith on February 07, 1999 at 06:43:09:

Today's online edition of The New York Times real estate section has a brief article about the seventh edition of "What Every Landlord and Tenant Should Know" from the Citizens Housing and Planning Council.

A New 90-Page Booklet Help for Tenants And Landlords
The title is "What Every Landlord and Tenant Should Know," but if New York City's landlords and tenants were told they had to know everything that's in the new booklet, they might go into shock.

Better to browse through this 90-page handbook, the seventh edition in a series put out by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, plucking out nuggets of information.

It was written by Jane Dickler Lebow, who has edited previous editions, including the sixth, which appeared in 1991. Because of legislative action in 1997 there is much new material.

Browsers will learn what the mechanisms are that bring about the decontrol of both vacant and occupied apartments (page 23); what one's relationship must be to a tenant of record if one is living in an apartment and expects to succeed to the tenant's rights some day (page 11); what the rules say about subletting an apartment (page 30).

And they will get some advice. Tenants are advised, for example, that they should not ignore landlords' requests for information or other official mail regarding high-income deregulation. And landlords will find that they are required to warn new tenants of possible lead-paint risks in their buildings.

The Citizens Housing and Planning Council is a 62-year-old organization of professionals in the housing, planning and economic-development fields, mainly lawyers, architects, planners, private and nonprofit owners and former public officials.

Single copies of the handbook cost $5 and are available from the council at 50 East 42d Street, Suite 407, New York N.Y. 10017-5405.
Telephone: (212) 286-9211.

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