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Re: Mysterious behavior

Posted by MikeW on March 09, 1999 at 12:48:38:

In Reply to: Re: Mysterious behavior posted by Shelley on March 09, 1999 at 08:40:38:

You can't do anything legal directly. You are not a party to the situation simply because you're a tenant in the building. However that doesn't mean there isn't anything you can do.

Mostly, what you can do is inform the possible sublessors of what the real situation is, and what they can do about it. First, if they have been set up as in an illegal sublease at a rent above what is legally allowed, they can sue the prime tenant for triple the amount of the overcharge. Also, if they are actually 'subletting' from the landlord, and can prove it, they may be able to get a stabilized lease at the legal rent. This would a dangerous and complicated legal manouver, and a good lawyer would definitly be a requirement. If it gets screwed up, they could be evicted.

You could also wage a PR campaign. Post notices in the building to the effect of what I've said above. Make sure this is done in such a way that the super/landlord finds them, along with all the tenant/subtenants. If the landlord knows that people are on to him, he may lay off this tactic.

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