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Re: Slumlord: illegal 3-family dwelling in Queens

Posted by Anna on March 20, 1999 at 11:31:21:

In Reply to: Slumlord says we agreed to pay for ENTIRE property electricity! posted by Maureen in Ozone Park on March 20, 1999 at 08:28:33:

: We have spoken to reps at the housing court who say we have no
: recourse whatsoever because this is not a multiple dwelling and we have no lease.

Wrong on both counts: a multiple dwelling is defined by law as a dwelling OCCUPIED BY 3 or more families. And having an oral lease does not bar you from housing court.

There are things you can do. You've found Tenant.Net: read about tenants' rights, oral lease ("no lease"), multiple dwellings, illegal three-family dwellings, certificate of occupancy, etc here in the message board, from the main page, in the organize section, in the housing court decisions page. Use each of the search engines, including your browser's search engine here. Then talk to a neighborhood tenant advocate group: if there are none: call Met Council and CityWide.

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