Queens, NY asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: In my lease I can only have 1 guest at a time for 2 hours with a limitation of 6 times per month.

I am renting a room in a house with multiple other roommates. The house I am renting, I live with my landlord. In my lease I can only have 1 guest at a time for 2 hours with a limitation of 6 times per month. Another rule is that I can only have 1 guest at a time spend the night with a limitation of 5 times a month AND I have to pay him $20 each time a guest stays over 2 hours. I did sign the lease, but Is this legal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Dear Queens Tenant

Do you mean multiple other Roommates share your room or the landlord rents other rooms in the house?

If so, your landord is engaged in the prohibited business of maintaining an illegal Single Room Occupancy dwelling within a one family house.

If that is so then nothing about the Occupancy and the lease agreement is legal.

You could be a whistle-blower and tear down the entire unlawful over crowded and dangerous condition that the landlord created or move out.

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