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Old 02-13-2008, 07:31 PM
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Hi I was just wondering if some one can help me out with this. My dad lives in a apartment since 1970's in manhattan and if I am not mistaken he is on rent stabilization. He pays $572 a month, and always has a choice of a year or two to renew the lease. My question is if I can be on the lease, since I am his son. I am currently live in the same apartment with him all my life (all my mailing addresses and goverment papers are the same apartment, everyone in the building knows that I live in the apartment), but I'm on another apartment's lease. Would the landlord let me be officially on his lease? If so, will he be able to raise the rent? My dad which is a disabled senior citizen always complains that if I am going to be on the lease, that his social security checks would be stopped, along with his SSI, and his medicare. If you can help me, please do. I would appreciate it.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:37 PM
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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I sincerely doubt that your presence will affect your dad's benefits in any way whatsoever, but you might call Social Security to check. If you're afraid of blowing your cover, call the local office of your Member of Congress. S/he likely has a Social Security specialist on staff.

There is no reason why your name on another lease affects your right to claim your dad's place as your primary residence, unless you file taxes as a resident of another state. Sounds like you don't.

Also, next time your dad's lease comes up, request (if it's not in the package of papers for the Renewal Request) a document called "Demand (pursuant to Section D26.3303c of the Housing Maintenance Code)". It allows the tenant of record to put on the record the fact that other(s) reside in the premises, and the nature of the relationship. It won't put your name on the lease, but it will be evidence of your presence and relationship and set you up to eventually inherit the lease. I just submitted my request for renewal and for the first time that I can recall in over 33 years here, the (new) landlord included this form. Oddly, not all of my neighbors whose leases are also expiring, got it.

Ror tenant issues: Housing Conservation Coordinators, New York City is a storefront operation that can advise you. If your income exceeds the max to qualify for their help, you might also try the lawyers who work two evenings a week (I forget which) in the basement of the Universalist Unitarian Church at CPW in the 70s. I guess if you call the church office, they might know.

Good luck to the both of you!
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:05 AM
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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the law is you are allowed to have direct family members live with you and not be on the lease, so long as it is not an overcrowding issue. i used to work with housing court attorneys.
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