Tenants' Rights Archives

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.

There's hope for commercial tenants served with notice to cure

Is your landlord threatening to terminate your commercial lease? You may be able to get a Yellowstone injunction to give you time to cure the alleged breach of the lease, or to defend the case without risking eviction if you lose.

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.

Subletting your apartment may be your right

Changes come all the time in life, and you never know when you'll need to be away for a long time. It may be a temporary job, care for a family member or some other change you didn't anticipate. If you want to come back to the same apartment when it is finished, you have to keep your lease.

Starting a tenants' association

If you have issues with your landlord, you are probably not alone. If you feel you are being singled out for harassment, including bad maintenance or unfair rent increases, there's a good chance your neighbors are experiencing the same thing.

Landlords who put pressure on rent-regulated tenants

As property values in the city continue to increase, many landlords are looking to cash in - regardless of laws protecting tenants' rights. Many buildings are being sold to unscrupulous investors hoping to turn a quick profit by making life miserable for rent-regulated tenants and getting them to leave.

What is considered an illegal apartment in New York City?

Everyone who's ever lived in New York City knows that finding and renting a good apartment can be a long, difficult process. If you have been in a protracted apartment search, you may feel like giving up or just taking the next available unit you find.

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