New York City landlords know that when a tenant falls behind in their rent payments, taking legal action is sometimes the only realistic option. Collecting delinquent rent or evicting a tenant for nonpayment can be difficult and costly without experienced counsel.
For newcomers to New York, the city's apartment rental market can seem bewilderingly complex. New York has about two million apartments and they fall into several categories of housing, some of which are distinct to the city. In this post we will try to take some of the mystery out of the New York rental market by providing an overview of the three main types of rental units.
For those who live in a rent-regulated apartment - one that is either rent-controlled or rent-stabilized - in New York, they may have important rights not available to tenants in unregulated, market-rate buildings. It is in one's best interest to be aware of those rights and protect them. For those who own a building with rent-regulated apartments, it is also important to have experienced legal advice before taking any steps toward deregulation of the apartment or eviction of a tenant.
If your landlord has served you with a lawsuit alleging non-payment of rent, you do have rights. But you need to act quickly to preserve those rights.