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.
Anyone who currently resides in New York, or who is looking to move to the big city, has likely faced a number of sleepless nights asking this exact question: Should I rent property or should I own?
Although there is no easy resolution, a recent interactive map put together by Bloomberg and StreetEasy is designed to help demystify the answer to this question.
Will the moratorium continue?
New York City housing agencies that rely upon and apply federally received funds each year toward costs to subsidize housing for the metro area's most financially challenged residents are worried.
In fact, notes a recent New York Times article, what they see when they survey the current and on-the-horizon funding landscape is an ominous "harbinger of leaner times to come."
Haven't they been reading the conspicuous language relevant to government assistance and its inclusion as an income source rendering prospective renters eligible for leases across New York City?
Isn't it a given that, if you are a New York City apartment dweller who always pays your rent on time and uniformly fulfills all your other duties relevant to the contracted-for bargain reached with your landlord, you should be able to live in peace?
As many renters know, Heat Season starts on October 1 in New York City. With two months left, it's important to understand the details of this law.
From October 1 to May 31, residential landlords must provide heat in their buildings. The law states that between 6:00 in the morning and 10:00 at night, the indoor temperature must be at least 68 degrees if the outside temperature is lower than 55 degrees. Between 10:00 at night and 6:00 in the morning, the indoor temperature must be at least 55 degrees if the outdoor temperature is lower than 40 degrees.
The answer to the above-posed headline query in today's blog post rings adamantly clear for a number of New York state and municipal politicians who are joined by various tenants' advocacy groups in opposing the recent actions of a tax-exempt organization that also operates as a city landlord.