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Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

You can count on our commitment to tenants. We don't evict anyone.

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We Support the Struggle to Dismantle Systemic Racism

All of us at HMGDJ are aggrieved and outraged over the senseless murder of George Floyd and many other African American people by police officers who are entrusted by the public with the duty to protect and safeguard life, first and foremost.   We support the struggle of Black people in NYC and around the country to require the police departments and our elected government representatives to immediately implement concrete solutions to prevent the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life. Systemic racism in all its forms, including housing, has no place in our democracy, or a decent society, and should be relegated to the  rubbish heap of history.

You can continue to count on our commitment to provide the best legal representation to our clients

 

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP by the numbers:

35+YEARS of practice

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MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of overcharges
recovered

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10,000+ tenants represented throughout
New York

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MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of rent increases
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300 years of combined legal
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HMGDJ Recovers Over $8 Million In Rent Refunds, A Waiver Of MCI Charges And Forgiveness Of 10 Years Of Rent Increases In Historic J51 Class Action Settlement

HMGDJ has recovered over $8 million in rent refunds, a waiver of MCI charges, and forgiveness of any possible rent increases over the past 10 years as part of a J-51 class action settlement for current and past tenants of an Upper East Side building. The agreement, approved by New York State Supreme Court last week, is one of the largest class action settlements in a J-51 overcharge case since the 2009 Roberts decision. The $8 million will be distributed among 327 past and current tenants of the Clermont, located at 442 East 82nd Street. The settlement guarantees permanent rent stabilized status for class members. The tenant class is represented by William Gribben and Ron Languedoc of HMGDJ, and by Matt Brinckerhoff of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP.

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Ronald S. Languedoc

Protecting Tenants, Co-op
Shareholders And Condo Unit
Owners Since 1983

When your home or business is threatened, you need smart, experienced attorneys on your side. You need attorneys who truly care and who have extensive experience protecting people like you. At Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP, you will find a law firm with a singular dedication to protecting tenants.

We advocate on behalf of individuals, families, tenant associations, cooperative shareholder groups, condominium associations and commercial tenants in disputes over evictions, rent increases, rental-owner conversions and other issues.

Commercial Real Estate
Disputes Require Experienced
Counsel

Business owners may find themselves in a dispute with their commercial landlord over matters such as rent increases, breach of lease, eviction or a notice to cure. Handling these matters on your own while trying to run a business is not advisable. Work with knowledgeable and experienced lawyers who understand how critical a commercial real estate dispute is to your livelihood. We can take the burden and stress off you by resolving your case while you run your business.

Why Work With Us?

Our experienced team has an impressive record of success with victories that include seminal Court of Appeals decisions. You will get a firm that brings knowledge and passion to every case.

Local Knowledge Makes The Difference In Real Estate

If you are buying or selling real estate in New York City, you need an attorney you can trust with your home or apartment. We understand that this may be one of the largest transactions you will ever make. Our law firm combines decades of experience with thorough knowledge of the New York real estate market and applicable laws. Let us help take care of your home, condo or co-op real estate matter, so it goes as smoothly as possible and you are protected.

In The News

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Sam Himmelstein is quoted in recent New York Times article a landlord’s responsibility to keep your building safe from theft.

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Kevin McConnell is quoted in a BrickUnderground column, which addresses My co-op is the same size as my neighbor’s but we have unequal shares. Can I challenge my allocation?

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Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on The Brick Underground addresses the question – Are landlords less likely to take NYC tenants to housing court because of the new rent laws?

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Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on The Brick Underground addresses the questions – If I am month-to-month, can I move out whenever I want? Can my landlord end my lease at any time?

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Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP Is
At The Epicenter Of The Everchanging New York Rent Laws

On Our Blog

Don’t get duped by an illegal apartment when apartment hunting

Far too often, landlords lease apartments that don’t meet legal criteria and can put you at risk. As a renter, it is importan…
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Tenants in rent stabilized apartments have the right to renew their lease

Apartment hunting can be a grueling process. When you finally find a place that works for you, you want to make sure you can …
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Over 50 percent of NYC tenants use over half their income for rent

Surviving in New York City requires much more than just tenacity and a New York attitude. In today’s housing market, it also …
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Press releases

HIMMELSTEIN, MCCONNELL, GRIBBEN, DONOGHUE & JOSEPH LLP CELEBRATES THE NEWLY ENACTED HOUSING STABILITY AND TENANT PROTECTION ACT OF 2019. READ MORE

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP CELEBRATES THE NEWLY ENACTED HOUSING STABILITY AND TENANT PROTECTION ACT OF 2019. READ MORE

HMGDJ AGAIN WINS BIG VICTORY FOR TENANTS AT THE NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS READ MORE

HMGDJ PARTNER SAM HIMMELSTEIN AND OTHER TENANTS RIGHTS ADVOCATES HONORED BY METROPOLITAN COUNSEL ON HOUSING READ MORE

Your Landlord Has A Lawyer. You Need One, Too.

People often make the mistake of trying to manage a landlord-tenant dispute on their own. Without experienced legal counsel, however, it is easy to make the situation worse. We are skilled at negotiating with landlords, fighting eviction and representing clients in housing court.