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New York City Landlord-Tenant Law Blog

Residential property conversion: changed use common, complex

If you are a New York City resident with single ownership of a unit in an apartment building, might you have legitimate concerns in the event that your dwelling and those of your surrounding neighbors are converted to a condominium or co-op?

Alternatively, might you have questions and feel the need to take some sort of purposeful action if you receive notice from a building owner/manager that the cooperative you live in as a single owner is now slated for conversion into a co-op where the tenants own shares of the property? 

New York State AG proposal targets bad landlords

According to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the bar that tenants in rent-regulated units must clear to gain legal relief against the worst New York City landlords is inordinately high.

Protecting and ensuring NYC tenants' housing rights

If you are a New York City apartment tenant, condo unit owner or co-op shareholder of substantial tenure, you flat-out know that housing rules, regulations and processes relevant to municipal dwellers can be dauntingly complex.

One million NYC renters to see their rent increase

On April 25, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board voted to raise the rent on certain rent stabilized lofts, apartments and hotel units. If your lease will be renewed between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018, you will likely receive a rent increase.

On June 27, 2017, there will be a vote to determine how much landlords can raise the rent in these units. At the preliminary vote in April, the Rent Guidelines Board proposed rent hikes of one to three percent for one-year leases and two to four percent for two-year leases.

3 tips for NY tenants facing harassment due to immigration status

Harassment from a landlord based on immigration status isn't just frustrating, it's illegal. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has publically come out to criticize this practice, stating that it is "appalling."

A recent press release explains that the office has experienced an increase in reports of tenant harassment, especially in the form of landlords threatening to call federal immigration officials to have tenants deported.

When J-51 tax abatements expire, are you stuck paying higher rent?

According to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board, landlords may or may not be able to raise the rent in buildings with J-51 benefits. It depends on whether rent stabilization applied to the building before it received the J-51 benefits. If so, the benefits expiring do not change the rent regulation status.

However, for buildings that became stabilized because of the benefits, their expiration may mean that landlords can increase the rent. In these buildings, the landlord may deregulate apartments if he or she provided a notice in the original lease and with each renewal that notes that the apartment is subject to deregulation when the tax benefits expire. The notice must also give the estimated date of the benefits' expiration. As attorney Sam Himmelstein explains, in these cases, "The landlord is free to raise your rent or decline the lease."

Can you sue your landlord for bed bugs?

Bed bugs: no renter wants to hear those words. No matter how careful you are, however, you may find yourself facing bed bug problems, especially if your landlord wasn't truthful about the issue when you moved in.

If your apartment has bed bugs, it's important to know what action you may be able to take. Each case is unique, of course, but some general guidelines may apply.

Strong legal response needed by threatened tenants

As this tenants' rights blog and myriad other information sources across New York City routinely note, bad-faith landlords -- both individual and large commercial real estate operators -- have many arrows in their figurative quiver when it comes to harassing and intimidating renters.