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June 2017 Archives

New York City landlord admits to illegal evictions

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.

What is the eviction process?

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.

New York City board votes to end rent freeze

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.

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?

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