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Model, hedge fund manager in court over New York townhouse lease

A hedge fund manager and a model are the opposing parties in a lawsuit over the rental of a townhouse on East 19th Street in Manhattan. The fund manager rented the triplex from the model, who is now semi-retired but purchased the property when her modeling career was in full swing.

SL Green claims AIG failed to return premises in good condition

In a commercial lease, just as in a residential lease, a departing tenant has an obligation to return the premises to the landlord in good condition. New York's biggest landlord of office space recently filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court alleging that a major financial firm failed to do that. The landlord is seeking $20 million in damages.

Landlord sues NYC artist for renting out loft through Airbnb

If you're a tenant or a landlord in New York, then you should know that short-term subleases through websites like Airbnb are prohibited. Additionally, most leases require the landlord's permission to sublease. Unapproved subleasing could result in eviction, and that may be the case for artist Eileen Hickey.

Possible rent freeze at issue in New York

Rent-stabilized tenants in New York City could see a rent increase as high as 4.5 percent or no increase at all. In a move with the potential to bolster Mayor Bill de Blasio's intention of freezing rents for rent-stabilized tenants, the Rent Guidelines Board approved a number of options, including the following:

Tenants say Battery Park City apartments lack insulation

This winter was a rough one for New Yorkers, but residents of an apartment complex in Battery Park City say they were especially chilled because of the building's construction flaws. The 1,700-unit building was opened in 1986, and according to a class action lawsuit, temperatures in the apartments dropped so low that frost accumulated on the walls.

NYC bill aims to stop unfair treatment of controlled-rent tenants

Some landlords in New York have reportedly implemented discriminatory building policies with regard to rent-regulated tenants. In particular, there have been reports that common areas and amenities were exclusively reserved for tenants who pay market-rate rent.

Rent-stabilized New York apartments deregulated, disputes arise

Nearly 70 percent of the housing market in New York City consists of rental units, and a significant number of those apartments are rent-stabilized. If the monthly rent for an apartment is $2,500 or higher, then the apartment may qualify for removal from rent regulation.

Yes to dog, no to eviction in NYC dispute over service pet

Despite how much one may crave the companionship of a pet, lease agreements and condo bylaws often prohibit residents from owning pets on the premises. However, as we discussed in a previous post -- "When must a landlord waive a no-pets policy?" -- there are situations in which tenants and condo owners can fight to keep their furry companions.

NYC real estate firm will compensate, bring back ousted tenants

According to New York law, landlords are prohibited from demanding proof of income or proof of citizenship from tenants who have already signed valid leases. Castellan Real Estate Partners, a large real estate firm in New York City, was accused by tenants of violating that law.

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