Jeff McAdams' Tenant Protection Tips
If you’re in a rent-regulated unit, you don’t have
to agree to a change of terms in your renewal lease.
Rent stabilization and rent control regulations extend occupancy according to terms and conditions as they were at the start of the tenancy. Nevertheless, some unscrupulous landlords attempt to trick tenants into new limitations or paying additional costs. Tenants aren’t legally compelled to agree to changes. However if you do, they may be binding. Question any attempt of this kind by your landlord. If you have already agreed to such changes in a renewal, you may be able to remove these provisions, but you might have to sue. So start by talking to a Tenants’ attorney, to help you avoid a potential lawsuit and the specter of blacklisting. If you can’t resolve the matter without litigation, your lawyer can bring the suit in New York State Supreme Court. Staying out of Housing Court protects your name from being sold to background checking agencies, and becoming a blacklisting victim.
(Blacklisting is explained in detail in How to Protect Yourself Against a Ruthless, Greedy Landlord , at Strategy # 20.)
Please Note: Every McAdams Law Tenant Protection Tip is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for legal advice. Before taking action, consult an experienced New York Landlord Tenant attorney about your situation. Beware that being a party in a lawsuit in New York City’s Housing Court can subject you to blacklisting. Please see more details here.
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