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Tenants' Rights Archives

Notorious landlord facing eviction

Raphael Toledano finds himself on the other side of a landlord-tenant dispute this month. He has been accused many times of evicting his tenants from units that are rent-stabilized, and now he is facing eviction from a building he claims is rent-stabilized.

What are your rights as a tenant if you only have a verbal contract?

NYC residents know that there are many ways to rent an apartment or home. While most people have a written lease, this is not always the case. Sometimes landlords use more informal methods, such as a verbal agreement.

A better way to choose an apartment is here

Like many NYC renters, you probably have a lot to say about your landlord-and you probably wish you knew about problems with the building before you moved in. Complaining about this to your friends and family doesn't do much good, however. Fortunately, the new Rentlogic browser extension can help renters avoid troublesome landlords and buildings before they sign a lease.

One million NYC renters to see their rent increase

On April 25, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board voted to raise the rent on certain rent stabilized lofts, apartments and hotel units. If your lease will be renewed between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018, you will likely receive a rent increase.

3 tips for NY tenants facing harassment due to immigration status

Harassment from a landlord based on immigration status isn't just frustrating, it's illegal. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has publically come out to criticize this practice, stating that it is "appalling."

When J-51 tax abatements expire, are you stuck paying higher rent?

According to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board, landlords may or may not be able to raise the rent in buildings with J-51 benefits. It depends on whether rent stabilization applied to the building before it received the J-51 benefits. If so, the benefits expiring do not change the rent regulation status.

Strong legal response needed by threatened tenants

As this tenants' rights blog and myriad other information sources across New York City routinely note, bad-faith landlords -- both individual and large commercial real estate operators -- have many arrows in their figurative quiver when it comes to harassing and intimidating renters.

Contact a proven tenants' rights attorney if this happens to you

Isn't it a given that, if you are a New York City apartment dweller who always pays your rent on time and uniformly fulfills all your other duties relevant to the contracted-for bargain reached with your landlord, you should be able to live in peace?