Does Elderly Life Partner Have Succession Rights?

Q A tenant has just notified us that his girlfriend has been an occupant “domestic partner” for the past year by recently filing the “Notice to Owner/Succession Rights” DHCR form. The tenant is an 89-year-old rent-controlled tenant in a Mitchell-Lama building, and his 72-year-old girlfriend moved in with him a year ago. She gets her mail delivered there, and she pays for some household expenses, but they do not share a bank account or have any other legal or financial relationships.

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