Real Estate Law Archives

Rent Controlled Tenants Beat Back "Hardship" Rent Increases

Rent Controlled tenants won a big victory recently when Supreme Court Justice Schlomo S. Hagler upheld a DHCR decision denying "hardship" rent increases for 27 elderly tenants living at London Terrace Towers in Chelsea. London Terrace Associates v. DHCR v. Four Corners Tenants Association, Index No. 103341/11 (Sup Ct, NY Co, January 18, 2012). I was the lead attorney on the case that goes back more than ten years. The so-called "hardship" rent increases would have doubled and tripled rents of the few remaining rent controlled tenants in a co-op.

How to Get Repairs By Suing Your Landlord #1

Housing Part or "HP" actions are great tools for tenants, shareholders and, in some cases, even condo unit owners, to obtain needed repairs in their apartments. This blog is a general introduction to this effective tool. In future blogs, I will address HP actions from the various perspectives of tenants, tenants associations, shareholders and condo unit owners.)

Due Diligence When Purchasing A Cooperative or Condominium Apartment

When I represent a client who is purchasing a co-op or condo apartment, it is important to look into the finances of the Co-operative or Condominium. A co-op or condo owner does not just own their own apartment. The owner owns a part of the cooperative or the condominium. The financial health of the cooperative or condominium has a direct effect on the apartment owner. Whether the building's mortgage is due to be re-financed or a real estate tax abatement is about to expire are factors that would have an effect on the common charges or maintenance the owner is obligated to pay.

Don't Rent Out Your Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Tenants suffering hard economic times have taken to renting their apartments for short term overnight or weekend stays, only to discover-often when it's too late-that renting out some or all of a rent regulated apartment is not permitted under the Rent Stabilization Code. In fact, tenants can face eviction for commercializing and converting their apartments into profit-making hotel enterprises.

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