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Landlord-Tenant Disputes Archives

Understanding how a sublease works

A sublease refers to a specific process a tenant may use to relinquish rights to a property they have rented but may not impact their obligations. Subleasing generally refers to when a tenant named on the lease rents a room, a portion of the rented property or all of the rented property to another party. It is important to note that the new tenant, the subtenant, is responsible for rent payments and complying with the lease terms but the original tenant remains ultimately responsible for the lease.

Military members can terminate a lease under SCRA

You have eight months left on your year-long lease. As you drive back to your apartment from your monthly drill weekend, you mull over some big news from your commander. In three months, you leave for a mobilization on the other side of the country for one year of active duty. Your rent is expensive, and you want out before you leave. What do you do?

What are my lease renewal rights?

It is important for tenants to understand the lease renewal process and their rights related to lease renewals. They may have many questions related to such an important concern which may determine if they can stay in their home or not. Their rights and the rules and requirements surrounding lease renewals may differ based on the type of apartment or property the tenant is renting so it is important to be familiar with what rules apply to your particular circumstances.

Understanding the lease termination process

Lease termination and eviction are obviously understandable and significant concerns for renters. Depending on the circumstances, both state and federal laws, as well as the terms of the lease contract, govern how a lease may be legally terminated. It is important to be familiar with the circumstances under which a landlord is permitted to terminate a lease for protection of the renter's rights and peace of mind.

Renters are protected from illegal evictions

Housing and housing stability is an important concern for everyone. When that stability is threatened, it can be of tremendous concern. It is important for renters in the New York City area to be familiar with the steps they can take to protect themselves from eviction and in situations of eviction proceedings. It is also important to keep in mind that landlords are unable to evict tenants without a court order and it is illegal for them to do otherwise.

New York landlord facing class action lawsuit for overcharging

Landlord tenant concerns are serious concerns for many individuals and families living in New York City and the greater New York area. Nearly 60 tenants of a Manhattan landlord have filed a class action lawsuit asserting the landlord collected certain tax breaks and then illegally overcharging tenants. The program provides tax benefits to landlords in exchange for upgrading their apartment buildings. One nonprofit housing rights group is urging fraud related to the tax benefits to be cracked down upon.

Terms you should request before signing a lease

It is often believed that landlords have significant power over their tenants when it comes to rental property. As the owner of the property, the landlord can make decisions, but must still make sure that the decisions do not violate the terms designated in the rental agreement. There are a few things that a renter could request in the rental agreement to help make certain that they are not taken advantage of after the agreement is signed.

Landlord accused of multiple violations, says tenants

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.

Can you move out before your lease has ended?

People cannot plan for everything. You may find yourself in a situation in which you need to move out of your apartment early, even though your lease has not ended yet. Can you do this? It is possible, but you need to be careful about how you proceed to avoid legal trouble.

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