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Old 10-07-2015, 05:39 PM
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Another day same old story: Rent Stabilized Harlem Tenants Say Landlord is Trying to Push Them Out - Central Harlem - DNAinfo.com New York
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by BugsyPal View Post
Another day same old story:
Exactly. I'm not sure this is actually news, since it's probably happening pretty much every single day in some building in NYC.

The only thing that surprised me was the paltry $5000 buyout offer. I guess they are hoping for naive renters who don't have the funds to go to the lawyer. The mayor says buyouts all happen in the LL's favor, but if tenants would go to a competent lawyer, the tenant could turn that around.

I kind of hate the idea of tenants who don't own property being paid some huge some of money, but on the other hand, if I had one of those units and the LL was in effect harassing me by not fixing my property, allowing ceilings to cave in, mold to grow, etc., you can be sure I would be running to an excellent lawyer to get me the highest buyout possible.
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:24 PM
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Think it really comes down to how deep the pockets some LLs or developers have and or their plans for the building. Have heard of RS tenants not even being offered buyouts as buildings were emptied of market rate tenants and renovated around them.

De Blasio and the City Council might not like it but as laws currently stand RS tenants in renovated buildings do not have rights per se to newly installed/upgraded amenities. Their original lease governs their tenancy. While there is no excuse for forcing persons to live in poor conditions, that can be addressed by housing court or HPD actions. That still doesn't change RS tenants often being made second class status in a newly renovated and upmarket building.

It also means these RS tenants have big target on their backs. LLs will use any legal slipups to get them out. Lose your job and fall behind on the rent? Don't expect much love from the LL.
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