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Considerations for co-op unit owners seeking to rent their units

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2019 | Landlord-tenant Law |

It is hardly surprising that legions of New York City co-op unit owners routinely seek to secure tenants for their apartments via a rental or subletting arrangement.

That is simply an urban housing reality. Dwelling owners are sometimes real estate investors with deeds to multiple units and understandably looking for renters to fill their properties. Conversely, they might be focused on a temporary relocation owing to a job/career matter or singular life circumstance. Whatever their motivation, they are logically looking for individuals or families who can rent their premises.

We visited the topic of NYC co-op unit rentals in a firm blog post from some time back and revisit some of the essentials today, given their strong and continuing relevance in the city’s housing market.

We stressed in that entry this fundamentally important point: Renting or subletting a co-op apartment “is often a complex process,” and an owner can reasonably expect a co-op board to thoroughly vet a would-be renter before endorsing a transaction.

Knowledge is power, so it makes eminent sense for a unit owner to know upfront what relevant board policies mandate in rental situations. Proven tenants’ rights attorneys can provide timely and on-point guidance concerning the legalities surrounding a rental/sublet and what an owner must pay special attention to in a co-op board’s bylaws.

Governing documents often require payment of a sublet fee, for example, which is obviously important to note. A board might also impose restrictions on rental duration and/or how many units an owner can rent.

And here’s something key involving prospective renters: They might be required to undergo the same sort of comprehensive approval process that a board imposes on shareholders in the first instance.

The bottom line: The above-cited complexity is real and common in co-op rental situations. A unit owner interested in securing a renter might reasonably wish to obtain guidance from an experienced legal team that routinely promotes the interests of real property owners and tenants in New York City housing matters.

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