It feels like every day we hear of another instance of a landlord taking advantage of a tenant. Upon first glance, it may appear that landlords have the upper hand when it comes to these negotiations and, unfortunately, many landlords, in an effort to make more money, take advantage of their tenants and try to bully or bribe them into accepting undesirable or illegal conditions.
A notorious landlord in New York City was recently hit with multiple charges including forgery, grand larceny and additional related charges following an investigation into multiple reports of neglect and unsafe conditions of his rental properties.
A recent ruling was made by New York Supreme Court Judge Debra James regarding a suit filed by the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents owners of approximately one million apartments in New York. The association went to court against the Rent Guidelines Board, who had stopped rent increases two years in a row.
Renting in New York can be a convenient way to live without having to worry about the expenses and upkeep that goes along with owning a home. However, there are times when there could be a dispute between landlord and tenant that leads to an attempted eviction. Understanding what constitutes an illegal eviction and what eviction protection a tenant is accorded under the law is imperative when there is a dispute.
The issue of immigrants of uncertain status isn't one that affects New York alone. All across the country, there are individuals lacking proper documentation. Anxiety about being deported, separated from family, facing eviction or landlord harassment has surely always been present, but it's clearly at an all-time high these days.
There doesn't seem to be any length to which some New York landlords won't go to try to get the most out of their properties. Tenant turnover, especially in rent stabilized situations, is one way it can happen. Anyone who has lived in the city can probably share a story apparent landlord harassment. For the sake of protecting the home, renters should seek the help of an experienced attorney to advocate on behalf of their rights.