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.
The eviction process can be a troubling experience for renters who rely on the stability of the home they rent. As a consequence, it is important for renters to understand the eviction process and when a landlord may be able to evict them. In general, to evict a renter, a landlord must provide notice, usually in writing, and must follow certain formalities to evict the renter from their home.
A rent increase can be a significant concern for many renters which is why it is important for tenants to be familiar with their rights. Recently, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted to end the 2-year long rent increase freeze for the 1 million rent-stabilized units in New York City. The change, which will be subject to a final vote soon, would raise rents 1 to 3 percent on 1-year leases and 2 to 4 percent on 2-year leases.
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.