Without knowing it, you may be living in a loft. Lofts are numerous in pockets of New York City. Protections that are similar, but not identical, to rent regulations applying to apartments, cover loft tenancies. Whether or not loft laws apply can make a big difference in the outcome of court proceedings. Loft Laws concern buildings that were formerly used for manufacturing, warehousing, or commercial purposes, and not residentially. Under the latest amendments to the law, three or more units must have been used for living space in twelve months out of the two year period between January 2008 and December 2009. If questions about your living in an apartment of this kind arise, find an experienced tenants' attorney who has actually handled loft cases in court and at the Loft Board.
Attention New York City Tenants: Get more information on Landlord Tenant matters at the McAdams Law main site here.