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If a senior citizen is late sending in the lease renewal form

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If a senior citizen is late sending in the lease renewal form to the landlord, are they protected by law in NYC?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Maverick replied 2 years ago.
If you miss the deadline for renewing the lease, which is usually 30, 60, or 90 days prior to expiration of the current term, then, yes, the right to renew can be lost in NYC. This is especially true because the inventory of available apartments for seniors and non-seniors is really tight these days.
As expected, I am not finding any law that would override the lease renewal clause in this respect. Even under the rent stabilization rules, your landlord must mail you a lease renewal 90 to 150 days before your lease expires. If you waited longer than 60 days, the landlord can refuse to renew your lease and could move to evict you after the lease expires.
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