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New York City Landlord-Tenant Law Blog

Ignorance or just bad faith? Unlawful housing denials in NYC

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?

Contact a proven tenants' rights attorney if this happens to you

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?

Staying warm this winter? If not, you may hold your landlord accountable.

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.

Good-faith charity or bad-faith landlord?

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.

Isn't affordability a central factor re NYC rent increases?

Some readers of this blog, and many New York City residents generally, might be flatly bewildered by reasoning recently advanced by an advocate for city landlords regarding increases on rent-stabilized apartments.

Rent and eviction cases up in New York City

From January 2013 to June 2015, over 450,000 eviction cases were filed in New York City. Many of these evictions are linked to the ease with which landlords can get around rent stabilization laws, thanks to a 1994 law.

Since the law passed, apartment rents in the city drastically increased, making them unaffordable for many people, typically those who are older and less affluent. The law allows landlords to charge market rates when a rent stabilized rent increases to a certain amount (currently $2700/month) when tenants move out. This process is called vacancy decontrol.

Mayor DeBlasio is fighting back against illegal evictions

Every human being has the same basic needs. Food, clothing and shelter are among the most fundamental.

But, in New York City's often-brutal rental market, securing adequate shelter is harder than it needs to be. Landlords push illegal evictions on tenants, knowing their renters don't have the resources to challenge them. Mayor Bill DeBlasio's administration is working to put an end to this.