I'm a retired realtor in NY. Unfortunately, many tenants pay rent on a month to month basis without a lease. As a tenant paying rent, you only have rights and can take action IF you have a signed lease. If you don't have a signed lease, unfortunately, you are out of luck. What happens in many cases is the owner or landlord needs money to help pay their mortgage or other expenses and if they have unused space such as a garage, etc. they will convert that space into an apartment and rent it out. In most cases, the owners are supposed to get a permit to do this and find out if it's legal. If they don't get a permit and convert the space, the owners get caught either from their neighbors or when it comes time to sell. If the property is being sold, the owner's attorney or listing agent will force the owner to tear it down before the property can be sold.
You can try to contact a real estate attorney but you will be asked to bring anything in writing between you and your landlord or owner.... more
Hi Brian, you need to review your lease and you are entitled to only those rights that are mentioned in there. Just go through it. But still I would suggest you to not interfere in the owner's way or stopping him to sell the property for any reasons.... more
Review your lease agreement as the answer more than likely can be found in the document; generally the lease needs to be honored by the new landlord, however if your lease is nearing the end, you may wish to begin searching for a new home........ more
It all depends on how willing the owners are willing to work with you. When I moved into some apartments for rent in Abbotsford B.C. they were very nice and willing to help me out with any issues. Is there no way to talk to them face to face?... more
Even though you are only month to month, you have certain rights. Check with your local Attorney Bar Association, they can refer you to a local renter's rights association to make sure that you are given all the notice you are entitled to.... more
Living in an illegal conversion is almost always a bad idea. Although there may be some benefit on the form of reduced rent, these units are fire traps for firemen and residents. I would move out not because of the sale, but because you are violating the law and risking your safety by living where you do. Having said that, the landlord selling the property is a different story legally than the building inspector discovering the conversion.... more
Because your landlord has decided to sell does not mean your apartment will be open game for anyone. You can set parameters that will work for both of you. You can have all appointments when you are home with 12-24 hour notice( let them know what times during the week or weekend you would be available) or have the owner with the key at all showings- giving you 12-24 hours notice. It is reasonable and fair, noone else needs to have your key. When you vacate- they will have free access at any time. My opinion Terry K 718-614-3167 email TKorahais@elliman.com... more