By JAY ROMANO in The New York Times

How Rule Changes Affect Condo Tenants

Q I am a rent-stabilized tenant and did not buy my apartment when the building converted to a condominium. Do rules made by the condo board apply to tenants like me? I would assume that new rules would be unenforceable if they required me to do or not do something addressed by my original lease. What happens if I do not follow the rules?

A “A rent-stabilized tenant is required to comply with the terms of her lease, including the house rules that are often attached at the end,” said David Ng, a Manhattan lawyer who represents tenants. “And the standard rent-stabilized lease contains a provision that implicitly allows the landlord to amend or add to the house rules.” So, Mr. Ng said, if the condominium’s board of managers changes the building’s house rules, it is often possible for the owner of a rented unit to adjust the rules applying to that unit so they conform. But that does not mean a new rule can contravene any specific provision of the lease. For example, if the lease grants a rent-stabilized tenant the right to have a dog, a new house rule prohibiting all residents from having dogs would be unenforceable against the stabilized tenant.

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