From time to time things break down for people in New York. People understand this happens and when it does most people want to ensure those things are fixed or replaced. If it is personal property, the person is responsible for doing this. However, if there is something wrong in the person's apartment or in the apartment building, the expectation is that the landlord will fix or replace the problem. If fact, there are certain things that the landlord is legally responsible for fixing.
Recently a property management company paid $500,000 for fines in a settlement reached with the Attorney General for multiple violations in their various properties. The Attorney General stated that the management company failed to keep adequate heat in the buildings at all times, the cooking gas would not work for extended period of times, hot water was inconsistent and other violations.
They also had construction projects that they did without the proper permits and created excess dust and debris in the apartment buildings. In addition to the fines there was also a plan that the property management company must follow going forward to ensure these types of violations do not occur in the future.
These violations were long-term and excessive which led to the large fines, but landlords throughout the city fail to provide the repairs and to keep the apartment buildings in good working order despite their legal obligation to do so. This can lead to landlord/tenant disputes. The landlords could be fined, but they may also have to provide compensation to the tenants for violating their leases and legal obligations.
In New York many tenants may have legitimate concerns and complaints against their landlords. It is important for tenants to understand their rights and what landlords must provide their tenants. Experienced attorneys understand tenant rights and may be able to help protect them.
Source: www.thelodownny.com, "ICON Realty Management settles with state AG, pays $500,000 in penalties" Ed Litvak, Sept. 27, 2017