Jeff McAdams' Tenant Protection Tips
Attorneys fees are reciprocal.
Most form leases require you to pay the landlord’s legal fees if you get into a lawsuit and lose. Yet many of these leases have not given the same rights to tenants. However, if you sue your landlord and win you may also be able to collect reimbursement for your legal costs. New York statutory law provides tenants with the same rights as landlords in regard to attorney’s fees. This is helpful to tenants who are reluctant to challenge a landlord because of the cost of bringing a suit. If a condition in your building affects several tenants, banding together to hire a Tenants’ attorney is an effective way to reduce the individual cost of representation, especially if your lawyer advises that it’s possible to recoup all or part of the expense of retaining a law firm.
Please Note: Every McAdams Law Tenant Protection Tip and article is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for legal advice. Before taking action, consult an experienced New York Landlord Tenant attorney about your situation. Beware that being a party in a lawsuit in New York City’s Housing Court can subject you to blacklisting. Please see more details here.
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