Tenants' Rights Archives

These tenants fought harassment and won

Tenant harassment is not something you should just live with. It's illegal and you have the right to take action. That may seem overwhelming and confusing, but with help from fellow tenants and an attorney, you can fight back against harassment.

Locked out of your apartment? Here's what you can do.

Accidentally locking yourself out of your apartment is bad enough, but if your landlord locks you out, you are facing an entirely different set of problems. Is your landlord harassing you? Are you in a dispute with your landlord? They are not allowed to change your locks without giving you a new key unless they have a warrant of eviction.

Eye on Real Estate With Dottie Herman

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP is proud to announce that our Senior Partner, Sam Himmelstein, will be appearing on the Eye on Real Estate radio show on AM970, hosted by Dottie Herman, this Saturday at 11:00am.

Certificate of Occupancy ("C of O")

We represent a Tenant Association who organized a rent strike in an effort to compel the landlord to correct pervasive housing code violations. Upon investigation, the tenants discovered that their building had been altered since the last Certificate of Occupancy ("C of O"), from 1970, had been issued. More specifically, the 1970 C of O listed 53 apartments while the building currently has 60 apartments. When a landlord, absent requisite approval, as is the case here, alters a building they must have their building comply with the Building Code currently in effect. While in 1970 two independent means of egress from every apartment was not required, now it is. Here, the majority of apartments lack a mandated secondary means of egress which is a violation of applicable fire safety law and code. The NYC Dept. of Buildings has required the continual presence of fire guards as a condition of continued occupancy.

Leyes sobre el pago del alquiler en Nueva York

Actualmente la ciudad de Nueva York tiene una población estimada de 8,5 millones de habitantes, de los cuales casi 2 millones de personas son de descendencia hispana. Muchos de ellos alquilan apartamentos y casas en varios suburbios alrededor de esta gran metrópolis.

Attention to legal detail protects apartment succession rights

Rent-stabilized, rent-controlled and Mitchell-Lama apartments are a valuable commodity in New York City. For many families, a unit may represent their greatest asset. State and city laws recognize that value by establishing rules that allow these residences to be transferred to others without the loss of rent protection or increasing the risk of eviction. But succession rights are not automatic. Protecting them requires understanding the laws, exercising care in following them and acting quickly after the original tenant vacates.

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