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A blog of tenant questions and TLP instructors’ answers.

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You Are a Tenant If You Paid the Rent in Your Own Name, Even If Only Your Ex-Boyfriend Is On the Lease

Tenant Question: My ex-boyfriend moved into a Rent Stabilized apartment in 2005. I moved in with him 2010, and have lived in the apartment ever since. Only my ex-boyfriend’s name was never on the lease. My ex-boyfriend moved out in 2015. I started paying the rent in 2015 from a checking account in my name

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Rent Stabilization is Not a Status That You and Your Landlord Can Just Contract Out of for Your Mutual Profit

Tenant Question: I am subletting my Rent Stabilized apartment and I am overcharging my subtenant – I know it and my landlord knows it. My rent is close to the deregulation threshold amount. My landlord and I talked about it. I asked her if she will let me keep the apartment and continue to let

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You Don’t Need to Chase Your Previous Landlord to Get a Rent Abatement – Get the Abatement from the Building’s New Owner!

Tenant’s Question: I’m a tenant of a Rent Stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. The building was just sold and now I have a new landlord. The previous landlord of this building, however, was very bad. I wish that I had sued my old landlord while he was still around. I want to find my previous landlord

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