In New York, when can landlords enter a tenant’s home?

February 22, 2018
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It can be tough to be a renter in New York. This is because landlords experience a lot of concern about destructive or illegal activities occurring on their property. This concern is understandable, but it does not give them carte blanche to invade the privacy of their tenants on an unreasonable and persistent basis. Many…

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Do you know about ‘succession rights’ here in New York City?

February 18, 2018
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Location, location, location. That’s the Realtors’ motto and people who rent in New York City understand this real estate concept better than most. Many of the city’s apartments are rent-controlled or rent-stabilized. If you have a family member who lives in one of these apartments who dies, you may have “succession rights.” This means that…

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You have rights if your landlord does not maintain services

February 15, 2018
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If you live in a rent-controlled dwelling in New York, you probably appreciate knowing that your rent will remain affordable throughout your tenancy. You may be wary of engaging in any kind of landlord-tenant dispute with the property owner because you want to keep your residence. We understand how you might not want to “rock…

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Are you an immigrant victimized by housing discrimination?

February 12, 2018
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Landlord-tenant disputes in New York come in many forms. One of the most tragic of these forms is housing discrimination based on one’s immigration status. What many immigrants do not know is that it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against them in any manner. This blog post will address important housing discrimination elements for…

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Breaking your lease after suffering a disability

February 3, 2018
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It is not often that one can predict when a disability will occur. In fact, a debilitating disease or accident often comes along suddenly, leaving you confused and frustrated as you try to wrap your head around your new reality. One of the factors you may be facing is how to break the lease on…

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Landlord-tenant disputes | Getting your deposit back

January 30, 2018
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When your rental lease is ending and you decide to move to a new residence, having your current security deposit returned to you is vital. Most people in New York need this money to cover the expenses related to a new rental unit. For example, if you use most of your available funds to cover…

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Thousands of New York renters are going without heat, hot water

January 29, 2018
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When brutally cold temperatures hit New York City, as they have this winter, renters are at the mercy of their landlords for their comfort and safety. The city has received some 22,000 complaints from New Yorkers about lack of heat or hot water. A nurse who lives in East Harlem says, “The heat and hot…

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Landlord-tenant disputes and subletting a New York apartment

January 24, 2018
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Many tenants in a New York apartment want to sublet the residence. For example, when residents must leave town for an extended period they may choose to sublet the residence in order to hold on to it. Many leases contain a clause stating that the tenant may not sublet the apartment. However, the law says…

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How you might end up on a New York tenant blacklist

January 16, 2018
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If your name finds its way onto one of the many tenant blacklists for New York, you may have a great amount of trouble renting a home. Even worse, you probably do not even know you have been blacklisted. All you know is that no one wants to rent you a home and you have…

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Can my landlord evict me and my emotional support animal?

January 15, 2018
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After struggling for years with mental illness or emotional issues, you probably thought you were destined to live the rest of your life alone and suffering. As difficult as it may be to explain your circumstances, you know that others struggle to understand what you are going through. You may have a psychiatrist or counselor…

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