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What city is this in?
And is this a single house, apartment, condo, townhouse.?
Ok, then you aren't under any rent control laws and you can raise the rent as much as you want to as long as you give at least 30 days notice prior to any increase taking effect. So if rent has been paid for this month, if you give written notice now, it would kick in for a rent increase May 1.
And no, there is no law that says she can withhold rent if you haven't removed items that were there... she took the place in its "as is" condition when she moved in..
And if you never agreed to supply appliances as part of the lease, you just let her use whatever is there as a favor, you have no duty to replace them.
And she is most definitely wrong that you can't evict her due to the children... She is a tenant, just like any other tenant and has no special privileges simply because she is the ex with kids.
She is making all of this up to make you think she is the one in control here..
You are very welcome..
Then she has zero grounds to complain at all about anything left on the property.
This is the best, ***** ***** site there is on NY landlord laws: NY Landlordology
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