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Old 03-26-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I just found out that my apartment is rent stabilized and I am paying almost 350 more than the other tenants in the building. The rent was 350 cheaper one year and a half ago but was raised when I moved in. No repairs were made...in fact I painted the apartment once I moved in. The floors are coming up, the kitchen cabinets are old, my bathroom cabinet has been eaten away by water damage, the paint is chipping and I could continue. I have done some research but perhaps someone here can be a little more specific. My main question is can they raise the rent by $350 over a year and a half time period if there have been no major improvements at all done to the interior of my apartment?

Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Yes, a rent stabilized apartment has what's called a Vacancy Lease when a new tenant moves in. Take a look at this informative page which will explain exactly what a Vacancy Lease is, as well as a detailed explanation of the percent increase depending on when you signed the lease.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I just found out that my apartment is rent stabilized and I am paying almost 350 more than the other tenants in the building. The rent was 350 cheaper one year and a half ago but was raised when I moved in. No repairs were made...in fact I painted the apartment once I moved in. The floors are coming up, the kitchen cabinets are old, my bathroom cabinet has been eaten away by water damage, the paint is chipping and I could continue. I have done some research but perhaps someone here can be a little more specific. My main question is can they raise the rent by $350 over a year and a half time period if there have been no major improvements at all done to the interior of my apartment?

Thanks!
You did not say how much the rent was before you moved in. If it was over $2,000 then I believe the apartment is deregulated and the landlord can raise it to the roof, if someone will pay it.

read here NYC Rent Guidelines Board
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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It is currently 1050 and it was 706 a year ago.
He actually never gave me a lease I have been renting month to month.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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By law, you have to have a lease with a rent stabilized apartment. You should also receive a legal rent notice from the DHCR.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:03 AM
 
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Do you research and find out how to get more information from the DHCR about rental history and why you are being charged 1050. $706 * 1.2 is only $847.

If the landlord is overcharging you, you may be entitled to treble damages (3x what you overpaid)
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