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New York City Landlord-Tenant Law Blog

'Need to know' information for New York renters

New York is unique. It can be dirty, but the 24/7 bustle of life can be invigorating. Demand for living space is high, making reasonable rents hard to come by. Even those who have lived in rented apartments or owned cooperatives for years face legal challenges as landlords seek to convert rent-regulated units into space for which they can charge higher market prices.

NYC lease essentials relevant to rent-regulated dwellings

It is likely the case that a good many New York City residents aren't exactly sure what the status of their leased apartment is or how to find accurate information concerning that important matter.

NYC renters thinking about Airbnb listings need to be in the know

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph attorneys provide strong and proven representation to NYC tenants, condo unit owners and co-op shareholders across the virtual universe of housing-related concerns. We note on our Manhattan law firm's website that HMGDJ advocates on behalf of our valued clients "in disputes over evictions, rent increases, rental-owner conversions and other issues."

Strong adverse spotlight targets Facebook in housing lawsuit

Any article discussing Facebook might reasonably lead off with reference to its size and clout. A recent New York Times piece refers to the company as an "advertising behemoth," which is certainly the case. Reportedly, Facebook users total more than two billion a month. The globe's largest social network site took in an estimated $40 billion in ad revenues last year.

What can you do about major construction in your building?

Building repairs and renovations can take months or years to complete. And in some situations, current tenants may not benefit from the work, especially in cases where renovations are for converting a building into condos.

Construction is notoriously difficult to live with. It is often extremely noisy and creates an unpleasant living situation. If renovations or repairs are causing you problems, there may be something you can do about it.

New Chance For Rent Laws As IDC Members Rejoin Democrats

Last month after 6 years of caucusing with the NY State Senate Republicans, the "Independent Democratic Conference" or "IDC" dissolved and their 8 members have rejoined the New York State Senate Democrats. With the reunification of the Senate Democrats there is new hope that pro-tenant legislation that has been blocked by the Republicans will be passed.

NYC rent regulation about fairness, stability - not affordability

It makes sense why real estate groups and developers' lobbying entities have long pushed - consistently and insidiously - the argument that New York City rent stabilization is all about affordability for the metro's most cash-pressured tenants.

As a recent opinion letter to the Crain's New York Business publication notes, that argument disingenuously promotes "the notion that rent regulation is a kind of welfare or housing-affordability program."

NYC apartments: from undesirable to in demand

With millions of apartment units in New York City, it's hard to imagine that there was ever a time when the city didn't have them. Today, nearly 70 percent of NYC residents rent an apartment, which is twice the average nationwide. But that wasn't always the case.

At first, many people thought apartment living was immoral. This was largely because many of the first apartment buildings were based on the row houses in Paris, and some people considered a shared living space under the same roof to be immoral. People also mistakenly associated apartments with tenements, which were filled with disease, vermin and sewage. Attitudes changed, however, once people tried living in an apartment.