My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: NY
I have been in the same apartment for two years going on three. My lease is up Sept 29th and about two weeks ago I emailed my landlord asking if he was planning to increase my rent. I wrote I enjoyed the apartment and would like to stay but might have to make arrangements to find a new apartment. He emailed me back within the hour saying he would renew at the same price. I thanked him for his time and said I would be in touch. I was very relieved proceeded to make plans to stay in the apartment and was planning to email him back within two weeks (my lease ends Sept 29th).
Nine days later I received an email from the landlord saying he had time to speak with his realtor and found out he could get more for the apartment and is now no longer able to offer the same rate. He would be raising rent $250 per month and that he was sorry, because I was a great tenant and if it was an insignificant change, he would keep it the same, but he needs to raise it. He checked with the realtor because 'he had not heard back' and wanted to just check the current rate.
I wrote back he had not given me any deadlines to get back to him and it had only been nine days. I also stated that I would have waited if he said he wanted to speak to his realtor BEFORE giving me a final answer. I asked him to reconsider, even asking for a 6 month renewal at the current rate and he said no. I reminded him he stated in the email he would NOT raise it and he said that wouldn't hold, and he couldn't hold me to stay if he tried. Of course, because I said I was INTERESTED in staying (which defeats his argument he hadn't heard back....).
Will this email hold up given no lease has been signed for renewal? What can I do at this point? I don't want to threaten or he might not let me stay at the raised rent (which is a SLIGHT possibility). Is court pointless/worth it?