If you live in an unregulated apartment  
          and you don’t know your rights,        
your tenancy is at the mercy of the landlord…

Tenants who live in New York City’s unregulated apartments are far more vulnerable to the effects of landlord exploitation than those protected by rent-stabilization or rent control. This is principally because the landlord is not obligated to renew your lease, which exposes you to the expense of finding a new apartment. Consequently, disputes involving a non-stabilized unit have to be handled very carefully, to achieve the outcome of resolving conflict and to avoid provoking the landlord into terminating your tenancy, or taking other retaliatory measures. .

Frequently, when tenants complain of needing repairs or not having other essential services, they get a short-term remedy, but then the landlord chooses not to renew the lease. Usually, the best course of action is to negotiate a resolution that’s acceptable to both parties, so you avoid alienating your landlord. Since tenants are rarely as effective in bargaining for themselves as an experienced lawyer would be, it’s best to consult a Tenants’ attorney about your rights and alternative approaches.

Attorney Jeffrey McAdams has a proven track record of success in helping tenants with unregulated leases to resolve their difficulties with landlords. Call today for a free, brief initial phone consultation to learn more about your rights at 212-406-5145.  

Perils of the blacklist for unregulated tenants…

Housing Court sells information that identifies litigating parties to tenant screening agencies. After going to Housing Court with your landlord, the next time you attempt to rent an apartment you’ll be flagged as a litigant. This “blacklisting” makes it far less likely your rental application will be approved. Being on the blacklist puts high hurdles in the way of renting a home or being approved by a co-op board to purchase shares.

Unfortunately, if you live in a free market apartment, you’re more vulnerable to the effects of the blacklist than a rent-stabilized tenant might be. That’s because even if the regulated tenant has to go to court, the landlord is obligated to renew the lease. Many tenants who live in regulated units have sustained numerous conflicts with their landlords, but escape the impact of the blacklist simply because they can continue to live in their current homes and don’t have to move. As an unregulated tenant, you don’t have that advantage. 

One way around the blacklisting problem when you have a conflict with your landlord is to pre-empt being sued in Housing Court. This can be accomplished by litigating your cases in New York State Supreme Court. Supreme Court does not sell names or identify litigants to tenant-background screening-agencies. You can learn more about blacklisting here.

Tenant lawyer Jeff McAdams has handled many cases successfully in New York State Supreme Court for a variety of tenant matters. Depending on the facts of your situation, you may be able to avoid the blacklist in a dispute with your landlord. 

You can learn more about legal rights, issues and problems associated with an unregulated tenant in these tips and articles Jeff has published:

Call today to find out more about protecting your rights as an unregulated tenant. You’ll receive a free, brief initial phone consultation with Tenants lawyer Jeff McAdams. You can reach him at 212-406-5145

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