Tenants' Rights Archives

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. 

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.

Sam Himmelstein's latest, "Ask Sam," column on The Brick Underground addresses the question - How can I get access to my apartment after a fire?


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.

How 74 pages of text will change lives in New York City

New York City is an amazing place. It is home to more than 8 million people with diverse backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. Did you know that people speak over 200 languages in the city? Or that a child is born every 4.4 minutes?

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.


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