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Fear, Power and Ignorance

Since putting up this blog I have spoken to many people about Rent Stabilization. I find there is a common thread in the relationship between Landlords and Tenants. This is fear, power and ignorance. Here is how I have seen this applied.

When you are looking for an apartment most people do not know to ask about an apartment’s Rent Stabilization Status. This is simple ignorance of the governing rules. Those that do know about Rent Stabilization might be leery of asking about an apartment’s status in fear of getting rejected as a potential tenant. Here we have fear. In both these situation the Landlord holds the power. Weather real or not you are asking a Landlord to deal with you fairly and in many cases the landlord chooses not to. They wield the power.

Whenever there is an imbalance of power in a relationship it is an open door for abuse. This is what I believe is the current atmosphere in NYC regarding the relationships between Landlords and Tenants.

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  1. Su Robott
    April 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Lane, what a lot of information! It sure seems like your landlord is getting a tax benefit in exchange for improving the building and agreeing to rent stabilization. When your landlord pays a lower tax, it means that other taxpayers have to make up the difference. So he’s cheating me too!
    I’m told the place to start is in your Assemblymember’s office, Dan O’Donnel. Sorry you haven’t received any satisfactory response.
    I’ll see you at the Community Board meeting.

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