Posts tagged "tenants' rights"

Is your landlord overcharging you?

No one expects to find a cheap apartment in New York City. It's a well-known fact that finding a place to live in the city can be expensive. Rent Jungle, a website that specializes in apartment information, tracks common rents in the area. According to their findings, the average rent within 10 miles of New York City proper is $3,208 as of October 2016.

New law restricts Airbnb's advertising in New York

It's a tradition for many to visit New York City during the holiday season to shop, see the parade or catch a show. While a decade ago that would have meant staying at a Midtown Hotel or somewhere in Greenwich Village, Airbnb, the home-sharing company, has transformed the NYC visit for many in recent years by putting out-of-town guests in the homes of strangers renting to them.

Bed bugs are still a problem in some apartments

That's the bad news. The good news, however, is that New York City now has laws protecting tenants from these infestations. The city's Housing and Maintenance Code requires landlords to eliminate bed bugs, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development gives them a 30-day deadline.

Airbnb in NYC: Three laws tenants should know

Airbnb experienced a tenfold increase in booking between January of 2010 and June of 2014 in NYC. This translates to big money for NYC residents who use the rental platform. Revenue by renters utilizing the site has also increased. One estimate has these numbers doubling every year from 2010 to 2013.

Disturbing and egregious: landlord's attempt to oust tenants

On the one hand, he made sure to deposit the rental payments dutifully made by long-time tenants of one of his many residential properties in New York City. In fact, he continued cashing those checks even months after the renters -- a family of seven -- had vacated the premises.

Tenants' rights include the right to safe air quality

While many of us don't think about it as often, indoor air quality can be as important to our health as outdoor air quality. Living in New York City, where the population density is extremely high, indoor air quality is a real concern.

Notorious New York landlord is finally facing charges

Landlord Steve Croman is facing criminal and civil suits for charges that include mortgage fraud, grand larceny, tax fraud, failure to pay a settlement to tenants and tenant harassment. At a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing on June 21, 2016, a coalition of his tenants rallied outside the courthouse raising awareness of the harassment they have suffered.

When Your Landlord Refuses To Live Up To An Agreement in Court

Whether your landlord is suing you for eviction, or you are suing your landlord for repairs, being in court takes its toll. Resources get depleted. Tenants have to take off from work, pay an attorney to represent them, and live with the stress of an unknown outcome.

Murphy Has Legs - Long-Term Residents Granted Succession

In December 2013, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled in Murphy v. DHCR, that a long-term Mitchell-Lama resident has succession rights even though his mother had not named him on one "income affidavit." Mr. Murphy was represented by HMGDJ partner Samuel Himmelstein.  Three recent decisions, an Appellate Term, 2nd Department decision, a Housing Court (Kings County) decision and a DHCR Mitchell-Lama succession determination have cited Murphy in upholding succession claims.

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