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Nuisance and lease violations addressed by new NYC legal bills

Disputes between landlords and tenants are unavoidable in New York. Given the large number of people who live in apartments or who are renting from another person in a private house, such issues as lease disputes, holdover actions, non-payment rent proceedings and nuisance and lease violations can crop up and lead to complicated disagreements from the perspective of both the tenant and the landlord. Having a grasp on how city laws can help to avoid these issues or protect those who believe the laws have been violated. Of course, if there is a problem or a legal violation, litigation is always an option.

New York rent control laws give tenants leverage in buyouts

When New York real estate developers acquire land for a project, they often need to demolish any existing buildings on the site before commencing construction. If the old structures include apartment buildings, they need to find a way to move tenants out of their homes. If the apartments are subject to New York's rent regulation laws, this often means negotiating a buyout with the tenant. And in recent years some of these buyouts have soared to tens of millions of dollars.

Do landlords have a tenant "blacklist" in New York?

Landlords in New York have the ability to consult a "blacklist" of tenants who have taken disputes to housing court. Actually, there are multiple lists maintained by different companies. Tenants who are named in holdover actions or non-payment rent proceedings may later find out their names have been added to one or more lists. Landlords often reject prospective tenants whose names are on a list.

The importance of a well-drafted residential lease in New York

Owners of residential buildings in New York City understand the importance of a well-drafted lease. The lease is the foundation of the relationship between landlord and tenant. It is a legally binding contract that will likely be consulted by both sides in the event of a dispute between the parties. And in New York, more so than many other cities, it must comply with a myriad of state and local laws. A well-drafted lease agreement can help a landlord avoid expensive lease disputes with tenants.

What are predicate notices in holdover actions in New York?

In New York City, a large number of people own real estate and have tenants in residential structures. While in many cases this goes smoothly and without any lasting problems, it's unavoidable that lease disputes, problems with tenants or landlords and other issues will arise. One issue that frequently comes up involves holdover actions. With holdover actions, the goal is to evict the resident who is not a tenant and it is not due to the failure to pay rent. In order to move forward with holdover actions, there must be predicate notices in place.

The right approach in lease dispute cases

New York City has a large number of rental properties, both residential and commercial. As we have discussed in a previous post, a well-drafted lease is essential to reduce the risk of misunderstandings and disputes. But, when one party alleges a breach of the lease by the other party, or when a tenant fails to make timely rent payments, seeking relief through litigation is sometimes the only answer.

Understanding options when it comes to Landlord/Tenant disputes

Unfortunately, during the course of a relationship between landlord and tenant, it is not uncommon that a disagreement or dispute arises. It is important to maintain professional interactions during a dispute to avoid additional problems.

Aggressive advocates for New York residential tenants

The right to peaceful enjoyment of one's home is critical to New York City renters. A dispute with a landlord can shatter that peace very quickly. Residential tenants in New York have an array of legal rights, but those rights can be of little value if the tenant doesn't know about them. At Nadel & Ciarlo, Attorneys at Law, P.C., we represent New York residential tenants in connection with lease disputes, non-payment rent proceedings, holdover actions and nuisance and lease violation cases.

Do New York tenants have a legal right to heat and hot water?

Last week in this blog we discussed the implied warranty of habitability, one of the most important rights provided to residential tenants by New York law. State law provides a number of other tenants' rights, including statutory rights to heat and hot water.

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