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July 2017 Archives

What is tenant blacklisting in New York?

The New York State Office of Court Administration, also known as OCA, keeps track of tenants who have been involved in Housing Court for nonpayment proceedings. There is a document containing a list of tenants on the list, which is called the tenant blacklist. Finding yourself on this list could lead to serious ramifications when trying to find a new home.

Gray areas abound in Airbnb disputes

In what has become a complicated and interesting battle between landlords, tenants, the city and companies like AirBnb, it appears that New York City officials have begun to assign violations to landlords when their property is being used to rent out space through home-sharing companies such as AirBnb. This may further heighten tensions between not only tenants who illegally use their rented space for such home-sharing endeavors, but also the relationship between the city and landlords.

What should I look for in a rental agreement among roommates?

Moving into a new home is often an exciting time. It also can be stressful. If you have been working with a landlord and plan on signing a rental agreement, it is important to understand exactly what the contract contains. Violations on either side could lead to significant problems for all parties involved. So what should we look for in a rental agreement?

Landlord accused of theft after tenant's possessions trashed

As a tenant, the eviction process is an upsetting and confusing time. You may be unsure of your legal rights and what the landlord can or cannot do during the process. The landlord may want to claim possession of any items left behind, but can they actually do that? What if the eviction was not carried out correctly? Let's take a closer look at the law.

What to do when a landlord pursues an illegal eviction

It is illegal for a landlord to attempt to evict a tenant without the court process. If a landlord evicts a tenant without the court process, tenants may be able to recover triple the costs associated with the illegal eviction. Through a separate court process, the tenant may be able to bring a claim for property losses and other damages they sustained as a result of the illegal eviction.

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