Rent increase

Asked over 1 year ago - Long Island City, NY

My mom has been living in an apartment in New York for the last 10 Years, last year the lease renovation came up for $1,500.00, and this year the management company incremented the rent %40 adding a total of $2,100.00. every year they use to raised the rent $50.00 max, but this year they were crazy. My questions is, is this legal? there is something that we can do?

Thank you.

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  1. Richard J. Chertock

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    Answered . Unless the apartment is rent controlled or rent stabilized the landlord is free to raise the rent to whatever he thinks the market will bear. Maybe your mom should look for a new apartment and/or seek a longer term lease to prevent these large unexpected increases.

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  2. Steven Warren Smollens

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    Answered . Dear Asker:

    If your mother's apartment is rent stabilized, the landlord may only raise the rent as provided in the lease renewal offer in the amounts allowed by the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

    If your mother's tenancy is not regulated by the Rent Stabilization Law, New York State takes no position on the amount a landlord may seek for a new or increased rent if the landlord offers a renewal lease, That is left to the tenant and the landlord to negotiate in the free and unregulated market.

    http://www.nyshcr.org/Rent/FactSheets/orafac26.htm

    Good luck.

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  3. Sandra A Joseph

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    Answered . Did the LL make improvements to the apt or did a building-wide improvement? How many units are in the building?

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