If mom dies, will my rent stay cheap?

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Q: My mother and I rented an apartment about 15 years ago under month-to-month rental terms. The apartment is rent-controlled. The apartment and utilities are listed in her name. I've always lived with her from the beginning, and I give her money for the rent and she pays it with her check. A few years ago, the building was sold but the rental terms remained the same. If my mother dies, can I continue to rent under the same agreement? Can the owner evict me or impose a new rental agreement with a substantial rent increase? --Harold W. A: Apart from any impact of the rent-control ordinance, if your mother passes away, you'll be entitled to keep the apartment if you can prove that you are a co-tenant, since a co-tenant has rights (such as the right to stay) that are equal to those of any other co-tenant (your mother). On the other hand, if you're a mere subtenant, who rented from the tenant (your mother), the tenant's death would extinguish your right to continue to live th...