Bypassing the Condo Lottery
Buildings eligible to bypass the condo conversion lottery are two unit buildings where both units are occupied for at least on year by separate, unmarried persons. Each person must own at least 25% of the property and must have owned at least this percentage the entire time of occupancy. This is the only type of building permitted to bypass the lottery.
Vacant apartments do not qualify. Electric and telephone service serves as proof of occupancy. Also, any eviction after November 16, 2004 of an elderly, disabled , or catastrophically ill person renders a building ineligible to bypass the lottery.