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Old 09-28-2010, 11:27 AM
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I've searched but not found a specific answer to my specific question. Pardon me in advance if I'm not doing this right.

My uncle has one of those rent-controlled apartments that are swiftly becoming part of NYC mythology. $125/month for a decent sized one-bedroom in the East 80s. Incredible, but true. Anyway, he very recently passed away and I'm responsible for settling his affairs, but I live out of state. No, I'm not trying to take over the apartment (as glorious as that sounds), but what I'm wondering is whether there's any sort of legal time frame for taking care of his posessions?

His landlords, so I'm told, have always been good to him, so this isn't one of those nasty situations you often hear about. Still, I've not had any contact with them before, so before I do, I just thought I'd ask this forum for its expertise. Does anybody know whether I may have an extra month or two to take care of things after a tennant dies, or is that totally up to the mercy of the landlord?

Secondly, can anybody recomment a good estate sales company in the city? My uncle had some taste, and I'm sure there is some amount of value to his stuff.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:41 AM
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My great-aunt who lived in a rent control apt. in Brooklyn died in 2001. As far as I remember my uncle who handled her affairs only returned the keys the landlord after family members had taken out stuff that they wanted from the apt. (My uncle too has since died so I can't ask him for the details.)
BTW. you wouldn't be able to take over the apt. even if you wanted to as only a spouse or a direct descendent such a child or grandchild who had been living with the tenant for at least 2 years before the lease holder's holder death would be eligilble to take over the lease.
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