It's an annually recurring event in New York City around this time each year, announced with a bit of fanfare and always including some enlightening details.
A recent media primer on the central ins-and-outs of rent-stabilized and rent-controlled New York City apartments notes the existence of "unsuspecting renters" across the city.
Well, here's a difference of opinion.
Whether you are new to New York City or have lived here for years, finding housing is always a challenge. And finding a place to live is often only half the battle. Many renters have problems with their landlords and/or their buildings after they move in.
New York City can get staggeringly cold during late autumn and winter months in any given year, making apartment dwellers painfully aware -- in the most literal sense -- when their heat and hot water isn't being supplied in the manner it should be.
For those who expect nothing but logic and reason in New York City housing law, we will today help dispel that notion with a walk on the quirky side. Familiarity with the rules that govern landlord-tenant relationships in the city might one day prove useful to you, so please read on.
If you are a New York City resident with single ownership of a unit in an apartment building, might you have legitimate concerns in the event that your dwelling and those of your surrounding neighbors are converted to a condominium or co-op?
According to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the bar that tenants in rent-regulated units must clear to gain legal relief against the worst New York City landlords is inordinately high.