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Ask Curbed: 1 Becomes 2, 2 Becomes 3?

Is an apartment number more than just a sticker on your door or your name on a corresponding mailbox? Of course it is, but what do the rules say? Here's a query that we never really thought about until now, but it is a very interesting question:

Are there any real estate lawyers out there who can tell me if it is legal for landlords to change the numbering scheme on the apartments in a building? My landlord wants to shift our numbers, so 1 becomes 2, 2 beomes 3, etc. I'd like to avoid the hassle, especially as my new landlord, who has so far been not so reliable, would be the one getting my current address.
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