In an urban metro as diverse and ever-changing as New York City, a deep-dive housing report is unquestionably going to be replete with compelling bits of data.
New York is unique. It can be dirty, but the 24/7 bustle of life can be invigorating. Demand for living space is high, making reasonable rents hard to come by. Even those who have lived in rented apartments or owned cooperatives for years face legal challenges as landlords seek to convert rent-regulated units into space for which they can charge higher market prices.
Many readers of our tenants' rights blog across the New York City metro area might reasonably anticipate the answer to the above-posed headline query as being a resounding ... "maybe."
We noted in a recent blog post the "still ongoing" civil case brought by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman against a notorious NYC landlord.
In New York City, lead paint is a real concern. With so many older buildings in the city, it is not uncommon for apartments to have lead paint in them.
Legal representation is critical for tenants involved in disputes with their landlords. Landlords are typically more or less sophisticated in their understanding of their rights under the law. It is their business to understand their rights and to exercise them to protect their interests. Tenants, on the other hand, often don’t begin to really understand their legal rights until something goes wrong and they are forced to take action to protect their interests.