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Schenectady tenants to face tougher leases?

Landlords’ group eyes form as new standard

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A new lease that bans barbecuing, forces tenants to pay for pest removal and asks invasive questions may become the new standard lease in Schenectady. The group Schenectady Landlords Influencing Change has been working on a standard lease, which all of its members could use. The initial goal was to get members to use a lease at all, but it grew into a six-page document designed to protect landlords and minimize their costs. SLIC organizer ...

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August 25, 2013
11 a.m.

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That is totally outrageous!!!!!!! Schenectady will not have any people living here. You cant give these landlords that type of power when most of their homes are going into foreclosures or their taxes are delinquent. What rights as a tenant do we have. This is unreal!!!!!!. I will not stand for this not one bit.

August 25, 2013
6:23 p.m.

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LOL. Talk about one sided. I am surprised the lease doesn't allow the landlord to live in the apartment they rented.

August 25, 2013
11:06 p.m.

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This is not journalism ... it Is total alarmist drivel.

There is a body of law .... NYS Landlord Tenant Law which defines tenants rights and landlord rights.
Any lease that attempts to diminish tenants rights to less than NYS Law provides has no standing and is unenforceable
It appears that what SLOC is doing is advising landlords to use a lease that exercises their rights rather than waiving them.

With regard to allowing barbecues ... There is a NYS Fire-code provision that specifically states that charcoal grills or gas fired grills with a bottle capacity of greater than 2.5 lbs are NOT permitted on apartment building decks or patios. So that is a right that tenants do not have .. And it is only reasonable that tenant leases should not allow such barbecues.

August 26, 2013
10:34 p.m.

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I recently had a tenant who used (repeatedly) a grill on a covered porch. I told him this was against fire code and he told me he could do whatever he wanted. Those kinds of tenants will not be affected by the standard lease because they are simply not bright enough to understand anything. It is unfortunate that we as landlords have to deal with such low lives. We do need some protection and I resent anyone who is defending tenants who simply refuse to follow any rules. Elizabeth Alexandria Sutton