Being overcharged in an illegal sublet in a rent-controlled apartment. No lease. What do?
May 28, 2012 6:03 PM Subscribe
I've been living in a month-to-month, no-lease sublet in Manhattan since January. I just found out that' it's a NYCHA rent-controlled apartment, and i'm paying way more than my 'share' of the monthly rent (also, i'm pretty sure subletting a rent-controlled apartment is illegal.) Clearly i'm going to be moving out ASAP. What else should I do? Do I have grounds for financial recoupment?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
More details: It's a 3-bedroom place that's being used as a 4-bedroom, because the guy who I'm subletting it from lives in the living room (which can be shut off by a door). So no common space, just individual bedrooms and a kitchen. Not a lot of interaction between the roommates. He sublets all three bedrooms, and we each pay between $900 and $1000/mo.
In the kitchen the other day, I found that the guy I sublet the apartment from had left some income verification and rent-control documents out, and found out that the apartment is in his parents' name to be used as a family residence, and the total rent is a little over $2000/mo. I think i'm the only one of the subletters who knows this.
So, yeah, I'm being defrauded, subsidizing this dude's housing and partaking in an illegal subletting situation. I'm not really happy with any of these things. Aside from getting out as quickly as possible, do I have any other recourse? Could I get money from him for overcharging me, considering I don't have a lease? Should I tell the NYCHA?
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