New York City Landlord-Tenant Law Blog

Landlord won't make repairs? What tenants can do

Living in New York City is a dream for millions of residents. However, that dream can become a nightmare if they find themselves battling a landlord over failed housing repairs.

Landlords must abide by a state law prohibiting conditions in an apartment that endanger occupants or are detrimental to their health and safety. You should know what you can do if your landlord is not performing necessary repairs or adjusting the rent accordingly.

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 important to know your rights and know what to look for to avoid getting taken advantage of by a landlord. 

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 stay there for as long as you like. So it's important to understand the terms of your lease, including whether you have the right to renew it.

In a rent stabilized unit in New York City, you have a right to select a renewal lease term of one or two years. Your renewal lease is required to be on the same terms and conditions as the expiring lease, so it's important to read them to be certain.

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 requires a hefty amount of rent each month.

According to a new analysis from the Citizens Budget Commission, about half of all renters in New York City are rent burdened--or, more than 30 percent of their income is used to pay the rent. And unfortunately, many of the city's rent burdened households are made up of a vulnerable population of single parents, senior citizens and tenants who are extremely low income.

Fight over rent overcharges in Financial District heats up

Rent laws in New York City change all the time, and it can be extraordinarily difficult for renters to keep track of what these changes are or what impact they could have. This is especially true for tenants who move around a lot and people who are new to living in NYC. Landlords, however, are often more informed.

Unfortunately, some landlords try to take advantage of this disparity. For instance, major landlords in Lower Manhattan have come under fire for overcharging their tenants.

New law helps apartment dwellers with asthma

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,532,508 people in New York state (or 9.9 percent of the state's population) have asthma. Living with asthma is difficult enough, but it is even harder when the conditions in your home make it worse.

Fortunately, on January 19, 2019, Local Law 55 - the Asthma-Free Housing Act - went into effect.

Will a no-fee apartment save you money?

Apartments in New York City are expensive enough without additional fees. So searching for no-fee apartments sounds like a good idea. And in some cases, it is. However, you need to understand the details before you decide.

The fee we are discussing is the broker's fee. When a broker helps you find an apartment, you owe them a fee. There are exceptions, though. For example, the landlord/building owner sometimes pays the broker's fees. In that case, you would not be responsible for it.

Ask Sam: My landlord is accusing me of creating a nuisance with clutter. Can I get evicted for this?

Sam Himmelstein's latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses how landlords use false pretenses to enter a tenant's apartment. Click Here to Read The Full Article

Co-op and Condo Forum

On Tuesday, 10/29- HMGDJ's Kevin McConnell will be participating as featured speaker a symposium sponsored by NY State Senator, Liz Krueger. To learn more the rights of tenant-shareholders & condominium unit owners, along with the a discussion on the new legislation regarding coop shareholders rights to reverse mortgages- click link below.

No more double-dipping for landlords in Lower Manhattan

Most New Yorkers complain about substantial and crushing rent increases. Wanting to pay the same rent - or only a modest increase - doesn't make you greedy. It just makes you normal, especially when you live in a place where renting is more of a necessity than a choice.

How would you feel if you found out that your landlord was getting a multi-million-dollar tax break while simultaneously trying to increase your rent by 10, 20 or 30%? Thousands of renters in Lower Manhattan don't have to imagine. They have lived through it for the last 6 years.

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