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Q&A: A Free Month’s Rent for the Asking

By: Jay Romano

May 22nd, 2009

Q: I am about to renew my lease. The building management is offering a free month’s rent to new tenants. Can I demand the same free month’s rent for my lease renewal?

A: Dov Treiman, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, says a tenant can ask for anything, but the landlord is free to deny a request as he sees fit. If the landlord is convinced that the letter writer might move if he doesn’t get a free month’s rent, he may consent

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