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Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

New York’s Premier
Tenants’ Rights Law Firm

Tenants suffering hard economic times have taken to renting their apartments for short term overnight or weekend stays, only to discover-often when it’s too late-that renting out some or all of a rent regulated apartment is not permitted under the Rent Stabilization Code. In fact, tenants can face eviction for commercializing and converting their apartments into profit-making hotel enterprises.

Landlords easily find out about short term rentals online. Landlords regularly peruse advertisements and see nightly rates and photographs of amenities; they even read reviews by those who have stayed. Once a short term rental is confirmed, a landlord can commence a holdover proceeding against the tenant for wrongful conduct. A tenant can be charged with unlawful rent overcharge and profiteering, causing his or her tenancy to be terminated, without a right to cure the violation.

Even if the hotel enterprise business is thriving in New York, it is unwise to convert your apartment into a short term hotel. You could lose your rent regulated apartment, which is a precious commodity in this day and age.

Elizabeth Donoghue

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