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Landlords cannot dispose of tenants' property after eviction

There are many tenants who are evicted from their apartments each year in New York. There are many reasons for these evictions, some are legal and some are not. The most common reason is for non-payment of rent. The most basic principle of the lease is that the tenant pays the landlord rent in exchange for use of the apartment. If they do not, the landlord has the right to evict them. But, the tenant does have some protections and the landlord must go through the legal process in order to actually evict the tenant.

Tenants' right to recover legal fees in a landlord/tenant dispute

There are many different universal rules that govern the landlord/tenant relationship. However, much of the relationship is governed by the lease agreement. This includes what amenities landlords will provide, when rent is due and the amount of rent, the length of the lease, rules regarding terminating the lease and renewing the lease and many others. There are also usually provisions that state what rights the landlord has if a tenant violates the lease and the landlord is forced to take legal action against them in a landlord/tenant dispute.

Brooklyn landlords pay for harassing their tenants

Most of the landlord-tenant laws in New York are in place to protect the tenant. This means that they can ultimately hurt the landlords' ability to make as much money as they may like. Therefore, many landlords try to circumvent the laws or in some cases simply ignore or violate them in order to make extra money. Many can get away with it because many tenants do not know their rights. However, tenants have many rights and landlords who violate them may find themselves in a landlord-tenant dispute.

What should you expect from your landlord?

If you finally found an apartment you can afford in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens, you are probably excited to settle in and start establishing yourself in the neighborhood. You will want to see how long it takes you to get to work from your new home and learn about the best places to get your favorite coffee or pizza.

Understanding the basics of rent stabilization

People in New York have seen prices rise in almost every aspect of life over the years. Things simply cost more than they used to. This includes the amount of rent that they must pay. Landlords would love to raise the rent in many of their buildings, but there are certain rules in place that at least control how quickly the landlords can raise their rent. These are known as rent stabilization rules and ensure that rent cannot be increased too much, too quickly.

When can a tenant legally not pay their full rent?

Many tenants in New York feel like they are in a difficult position with their landlords when things go wrong. They do not necessarily know what their rights are or how to enforce them. They feel that they need to continue paying their rent no matter what happens just to ensure that they have a place to live. While for the most part this is true, there are certain legal obligations that landlords must provide to their tenants and, if they do not, the tenant may be able to legally withhold all or a portion of their rent.

Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants in New York

There are many rules and regulations that govern the landlord/tenant relationship in New York. These rules are in place to help protect tenants and ensure that the building is fit and safe to live in. However, these rules and regulations can also sometimes cost the landlord more money. As landlords often earn their income through these rentals, they may want to maximize their returns and cut corners in order to save some money.

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