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If you don't have a lease, you're a month to month tenant. Thus, either of you can cancel the tenancy with 30 days notice. However, you've got the right to a reasonable space for rent, and if you're not getting that, you can sue or withhold rent. If the landlord cancels the lease because you complain, you can sue him for his retaliatory actions, which is illegal.
Here is the retaliation statute link: http://law.onecle.com/new-york/real-property/RPP0223-B_223-B.html
I was looking for miracles, perhaps, when I mentioned "I had no Lease" and obviously no leg to stand on, in court. I appreciate the answer, but wasn't told anything new or that I didn't know. "If the lanlord cancels the lease" does not apply-I'm here 5 years, and never had a lease. And yes, I will still pay the $20 ...