My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York (NY) 2010
Currently husband and wife in an apartment in Long Island, NY, Suffolk county
Apartment is an addition to a house.
Apartment has two rooms upstairs. Separate entrance.
Bathroom with ventilation, no window.
Mail distributed by other tenant; LL not on premises.
Since discovering the apartment may be illegal (no separate electric, heating connected to other tenant) we want to move from this situation.
There have been issues with floors, doors, and privacy.
I have heard I may be locked out of the apartment since I do not have a valid lease for an illegal apartment ( my neighbors are separated from my apartment by a door in their kitchen.) Also, my apartment has no privacy and the other tenant has complained about regular noise levels in my apartment. They even knocked on the shared door late at night while I was in the kitchen washing dishes claiming it was making too much noise!
Can I request that the LL pay for my moving expenses and I will not involve the authorities? Or is there no option but to do so?