I have a copy of my lease renewal but my landlord said I would need to subpoena them for a copy of my original lease from years ago. Is this the law?
Both parties to a lease are independently able and responsible for maintaining their own records. If you don't have a copy of a lease from 23 years ago, it is very likely that the landlord does not either.
Dear Manhattan Tenant:
A subpoena is an instrument used in litigation to compel a witness testify and bring a written document described in the subpoena. Without any litigation, there is no subpoena.
New York State law and the Local NYC law (Rent Stabilization, ETPA, and Rent Stabilization Code) do not compel a landlord provide a tenant with more than one copy of a lease for the duration of the tenancy.
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