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Landlord-Tenant Disputes Archives

Brooklyn landlords pay for harassing their tenants

Most of the landlord-tenant laws in New York are in place to protect the tenant. This means that they can ultimately hurt the landlords' ability to make as much money as they may like. Therefore, many landlords try to circumvent the laws or in some cases simply ignore or violate them in order to make extra money. Many can get away with it because many tenants do not know their rights. However, tenants have many rights and landlords who violate them may find themselves in a landlord-tenant dispute.

Understanding the basics of rent stabilization

People in New York have seen prices rise in almost every aspect of life over the years. Things simply cost more than they used to. This includes the amount of rent that they must pay. Landlords would love to raise the rent in many of their buildings, but there are certain rules in place that at least control how quickly the landlords can raise their rent. These are known as rent stabilization rules and ensure that rent cannot be increased too much, too quickly.

When can a tenant legally not pay their full rent?

Many tenants in New York feel like they are in a difficult position with their landlords when things go wrong. They do not necessarily know what their rights are or how to enforce them. They feel that they need to continue paying their rent no matter what happens just to ensure that they have a place to live. While for the most part this is true, there are certain legal obligations that landlords must provide to their tenants and, if they do not, the tenant may be able to legally withhold all or a portion of their rent.

Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants in New York

There are many rules and regulations that govern the landlord/tenant relationship in New York. These rules are in place to help protect tenants and ensure that the building is fit and safe to live in. However, these rules and regulations can also sometimes cost the landlord more money. As landlords often earn their income through these rentals, they may want to maximize their returns and cut corners in order to save some money.

What are tenants' rights to security deposits in New York?

At the start of a lease, most people in New York do two things: sign a lease and give a security deposit to the landlord. Then, throughout the lease term, the landlord expects that the tenant will pay rent each month. The tenant expects that the landlord keeps the utilities on, that they have heat, hot water and the doors are secure. Sometimes these things do not occur though, and can lead to landlord-tenant disputes during the course of the lease.

Protecting tenants' rights against powerful landlords

New York has a large amount of rental properties and apartments. Many, many people rent their homes and it is a way of life for these people. These apartment buildings are operated by landlords, who run these as their business. These apartment buildings are how they make their money. Therefore, they have many incentives to bend or break the rules in order to make more money.

Realty management company pays major fines for violations

From time to time things break down for people in New York. People understand this happens and when it does most people want to ensure those things are fixed or replaced. If it is personal property, the person is responsible for doing this. However, if there is something wrong in the person's apartment or in the apartment building, the expectation is that the landlord will fix or replace the problem. If fact, there are certain things that the landlord is legally responsible for fixing.

Remedies for victims of illusory subleases in New York

Renting apartments in New York is a business for landlords. This is generally how they make their living. As in any business there are always people who try to make an extra buck by cutting costs or attempting to take advantage of others. Landlords are not different. Many of them follow the rules and provide fine places for people to live, but there are others who are simply trying to make extra money even if it means that they are breaking rules and ultimately taking advantage of tenants. This leads to landlord/tenant disputes.

Can victims of domestic violence terminate a lease?

People tend to rent apartments with significant others and family members in New York. Family members and significant others get into arguments and fights from time to time. Most of the time these fights or arguments are verbal in nature. However, sometimes, these fights turn violent and one person ends up being the victim of domestic violence. If people are the victims of domestic violence, ensuring their safety is usually their top concern.

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