What Are Your Rights During an NYC Eviction?

November 26, 2022
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During an eviction it may seem like the landlord has all the power, but the truth is tenants have rights even now. Those rights begin as soon as you have lived in the same place for 30 days or more, even if you did not sign a lease or are not a named party on…

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What Happens When Your NYC Landlord Sells Your Apartment Building?

October 27, 2022
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A new landlord doesn’t have to mean trouble. In many cases, the sale of an apartment building is pretty routine. Most people who buy apartment buildings want tenants, and see your presence as an asset. Nevertheless, there are some legal issues you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know.  Notification The Landlord…

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When Can You Seek a Rent Reduction in New York City?

September 22, 2022
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Any tenant has the right to negotiate a rent decrease, especially if you look at advertised rental rates for units like yours and see that they’re significantly lower than what you are paying. If you’re a model tenant who pays your rent in time, it may be worth it to your property manager to keep…

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Can You Terminate Your Lease as a Victim of Domestic Violence in NYC?

August 26, 2022
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If you are a victim of domestic violence, you probably have a need to move to a new location relatively quickly, regardless of your lease status. Fortunately, New York law recognizes that fact.  Leaving Your Apartment According to New York’s Real Property Law, Article 7, you may break your lease if you are the beneficiary…

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When is a Rent Increase Legal in NYC?

June 22, 2022
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Recently The New York Times reported that rents will rise for at least 3.25% for 2 million New Yorkers. While NYC has some laws that help protect New Yorkers against some rent increases, by and large landlords still have a lot of latitude to make changes.  When it’s legal to raise rents, and by how…

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What Are Your Rights as a Month-to-Month Tenant in NYC?

May 30, 2022
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Month-to-month tenancy is a precarious position to be in. There are reasons why you might want to choose this rental option, but it can leave you without an apartment if you’re not careful.  In a month-to-month tenancy, either party can terminate the tenancy with just 30 days notice. Neither party has to explain why the…

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What Are the Advantages of Renewing Your NYC Lease?

March 4, 2022
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You’ve lived in your New York City apartment for the one year or two year term outlined by your lease. Now your lease is up for renewal. Should you do it? Here’s everything you need to know.  Notification Period You’ll have a little bit of time to make decisions about your lease. The landlord is…

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6 Provisions That Aren’t Allowed in NYC Leases

February 13, 2022
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As a renter in New York City, you have many rights and protections. Lawmakers often take steps to prevent landlords from setting predatory terms for renters who have few other options for housing when buildings are at such a premium here in the city. One of those steps was to prevent landlords from putting certain…

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In the News: New York City Council Considers Bill to End Criminal Background Checks on Potential Tenants

January 13, 2022
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The bill hasn’t passed yet, but Int 2047-2020 would “prohibit housing discrimination in rentals, sales, leases, subleases, or occupancy agreements in New York City on the basis of arrest record or criminal history. Landlords, owners, agents, employees, and real estate brokers would be prohibited from obtaining criminal record information at any stage in the process.” …

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Do disabled tenants have the right to have a pet?

September 14, 2018
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Some disabled individuals benefit from having service animals, which can be a problem for those who live in buildings with no-pet policies. If you need a service animal, you may have a right to keep or get a pet, even if your New York landlord does not want animals in the building. There are laws…

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