New Building Owners Raising Rent in Crown Heights
I'm not a frequent poster on Brooklynian but I do read the posts on a regular basis, and I'm hoping someone in this crowd might be able to offer advice on what me & my girlfriend are going through at the moment.
The rent-stabilized building we've lived in for two years was recently sold to a new management company. Before the purchase, we attempted several times to renew our lease with the old management company. Our lease expired in May, and we had repeatedly called in regards to it and were not provided a renewal, which should have been offered since the building is rent-stabilized.
This went on until the end of June, when we were informed that the building had been sold. The new management company recently sent us a renewal lease, set to start 10/1/2013, that shows a significant increase to our rent. Our previous company offered us a preferential rent, but this new company wants to begin charging us the legal rent of the apartment, which is a difference of $700. Other tenants with expired leases have been treated the same way, with their renewal leases asking for rents exceeding $3000.
According to the previous company, the sale had been in works since January and the incoming company requested that no renewal leases be sent out to current tenants while the deal was on the table. We understand that aren't guaranteed the preferential rent, but this doesn't feel right.
Any help/advice on this would be much appreciated, especially if someone was put in a similar situation.