As people in New York know, the seasons bring extreme differences to the area. The summers can be very hot and humid while the winters can bring snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures. During the winter months it is essential that people have heat in their apartments, not only to live comfortably, but also simply to avoid serious health complications. So, it is essential that utility bills are paid and the heat stays on.
You have done your research and are ready to get into that perfect New York rental. You've checked prices and decided on a location. You've called the landlord and set up an appointment to check the place out. If the space is what you expect, you are ready to sign the lease. You are excited and ready to get into your new home.
People live in all types of apartments in New York. Some are nicer than others and some are also much more expensive than others. When people pay higher rent, they expect more from the landlords, but no matter what a tenant pays for rent, they expect the unit and building will be in good repair. Most would not accept a building needing repairs to make it safe or a building that did not have water or heat all the time. If those would not provided, they would most likely have a landlord/tenant dispute.
A tenant of a Washington Heights apartment in Manhattan is one of 60 tenants who filed a class-action suit last week alleging that the Bronstein Properties, inflated rent illegally by making false claims of renovations that never took place. The company owns over 100 buildings throughout the area.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This blog recently discussed the eviction process and the laws and rules landlords must follow to evict tenants, as well as the rights tenants have and what they can do in response to eviction proceedings. A recent case highlights the limits placed on landlords regarding the eviction process for the protection of renters and the security of their home and living situation.