Some apartments can evoke fond memories. That was what Ms. Forteza and Ms. Klipstine cherished about their three-bedroom apartment in Washington Heights. But suddenly, a roommate decided to leave. To keep their rents as before, they decided to have a replacement roommate. But it wasn’t going to be a simple matter because their lease was about to expire in a months’ time. They emailed the management company about renewing their lease but were shocked to learn that they had to leave the apartment. The apartment was to be renovated. They were shocked. They were shaken. Ms. Forteza and Ms. Klipstine who were artists, the former singing in the opera and the latter singing and acting in plays, had to negotiate with the management company for another apartment. They were given two apartment options in the same building and chose a smaller two-bedroom apartment that was down the hall. Reflecting on their beloved apartment, they had to make sacrifices to move to the smaller apartment. Yet, what they would both cherish most is that they loved to stay together as artists who would offer emotional support to each other no matter what apartment they were in.
- Just because most landlords have the courtesy to wait for tenants to move before choosing to renovate doesn’t mean that all of them do.
- Landlords can choose to re-adapt an apartment configured for a specified amount of tenants and make it for a different amount at their choosing.
- If this happens to you, it’s possible your landlord will at least offer you and your roommate another equitable living arrangement.
“When Eugenia Forteza and Mimi Klipstine lost a roommate, they decided to move from a three-bedroom to a two-bedroom in the same building in Washington Heights.”