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Old 07-29-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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Hi everyone, I'm a new member here and signed up after googling my question and seeing such great responses on this forum...

My question is this... I recently got a new apartment and am now getting a new roommate (the lease is under my name only). The landlord is trying to get 1 mo's rent & deposit from my new roommate...I have never heard of this happening...he is not renting the apartment or room. Is this legal? I understand if he'd like to meet her, but money is he allowed to take money that should be going to me?

If anyone can answer or has some resources that will point me in the right direction, I would appreciate your help.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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I am assuming that since you leased the apt on your own that you paid the full deposit and security to the landlord. Therefore, is the landlord going to refund a portion of the funds to you and hold your roommates instead? If not, it seems like double dipping.

But then again, if the roommate skips out is he not going to hold you responsible for the rent? This set-up could be in your interests.

Tenant.net is a good resource for these questions.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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I don't think it'll be beneficial to me at all, since he states I am solely responsible for anything that may happen and I will still have to pay a full month's rent this coming month...isn't the point of having a roommate to not do that? Argh... thanks for the website link. I am definitely going to ask on there.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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If you have already paid your security deposit he cannot ask for an additional one because you have a roommate. Is this a market rate apartment or stabilized? With a market rate apartment, he may be able to make things rougher for you, as his increase when the lease is up is not restricted. For a stabilized apartment he must follow specific guidelines.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Bronx
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Unfortunately its market rate so there's not much I can do on that end. The roommate thing though is pretty annoying. I'm young and look even younger...somehow that automatically equates as not being resourceful/smart enough to research my rights...very frustrating.

Thanks for your response :-)
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I've had adventures with landlords involving deposits (and the interest on them, which is yours no matter what--that's the law!) Call the NYC Housing Department; they're very helpful. And if things should turn into a legal battle, be aware that judges have been siding with tenants rather than landlords over the last 15 or 20 years.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Bronx
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Thanks Fred, fortunately a court battle will not be necessary in my case. I am happy to report that everything was settled yesterday (in a very polite manner...shocking). I am glad that is over with
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