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  • June 2020

    Ask Sam: Two of my roommates moved out. Am I responsible for their rent?

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  • June 2020

    Our firm is glad that the Rent Guidelines Board issued a freeze on rent increases for rent stabilized tenants. But as firm partner Sam Himmelstein explains in this article, this isn’t enough to protect NYC tenants from eviction.

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  • June 2020

    NYC Judges Preview Slow Start For New Eviction Cases

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  • June 2020

    Ask Sam: How do I get help when New York passes the Emergency Rent Relief Act?

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  • June 2020

    Kevin McConnell participated in Sen. Liz Krueger’s Virtual Town Hall on Housing Issues focusing on Co-op Shareholders, Condo Unit Owners and Small Owners on June 4, 2020.

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  • June 2020

    Can my landlord charge me a ‘hardship increase’ on my rent-stabilized apartment?

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  • June 2020

    Judge Calls Brooklyn Housing Court Reopening A Challenge

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  • June 2020

    If you can’t pay June rent, here are your options

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  • June 2020

    Senator Krueger’s Virtual Town Hall Series
    Housing Issues, Part 2: Coop Shareholders, Condo Owners, & Small Homeowners

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  • May 2020

    Should You Renew Your Lease if You’ve Lost Your Job?

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  • May 2020

    Ask Sam: I had to stop paying rent. What will happen next?

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  • May 2020

    I’m struggling because of coronavirus. Why won’t my landlord lower the rent?

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  • May 2020

    Samuel J. Himmelstein, a New York City lawyer who represents tenants, tells CNBC Make It. If they have multiple tenants, they are likely already having these conversations and might have a financial hardship plan in place.

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  • April 2020

    Firm Partner Sam Himmelstein offers advice to tenants who live in buildings where amenities such as laundry rooms or gyms have been closed due to the current crisis.

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  • April 2020

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  • April 2020

    Is It Unethical to Ask My Roommate to Move Out Right Now?

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  • April 2020

    David Hershey-Webb appeared at the April Virtual Meeting of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club to discuss Tenants’ Rights and the Covid19 Emergency. Others guests include Councilmembers Mark Levine and Ben Kallos and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright.

  • April 2020

    What happens if tenants can’t pay rent when the eviction moratorium ends?

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  • April 2020

    Can I Break My Lease Because of Coronavirus?

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  • April 2020

    Tips for negotiating with your landlord during the Covid-19 pandemic: Here’s what works

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  • March 2020

    What if I Can’t Pay My Rent Now?

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  • March 2020

    Ask Sam: Should my neighbors and I hire a lawyer to deal with a possible rent increase for an elevator repair?

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  • March 2020

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses What happens if you have a case pending in NYC housing court during the coronavirus crisis?

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  • March 2020

    I live in a rent-stabilized apartment. Is my parking spot protected from rent hikes?

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  • March 2020

    Can I get in trouble for smoking weed in a NYC rental apartment?

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  • February 2020

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses What’s a ‘major capital improvement,’ and does it really mean my landlord can raise the rent?

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  • February 2020

    David Hershey-Webb was a guest presenter, along with Damon P. Howard at Hon. Gerald Lebovits’ New York Landlord-Tenant Law class at Fordham Law School on February 28, 2020. David discussed issues around the HSTPA of 2019.

  • December 2019

    Can I Renovate My Rental Apartment?

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  • December 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses New NYC rent laws require security deposits to be returned in 14 days and landlords are fuming

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  • December 2019

    Kevin McConnell article regarding Condo-conversions on recent BrickUnderground.com addresses Is a landlord allowed to ‘warehouse’ vacant apartments?

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  • December 2019

    David Hershey-Webb’s comments on new rent overcharge cases on Real Estate Weekly

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  • December 2019

    Kevin McConnell chimes in on recent Brick Underground “Ask An Expert” article that addresses adding a spouse’s name on an existing title

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  • December 2019

    David Hershey-Webb discussed the Intended Consequences of the HSTPA

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  • December 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses discusses Succession Rights on rent stabilized leases

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  • December 2019

    Love Handles Reunion, Mike McKee’s 80th birthday and TenantsPac Fundraiser

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  • November 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses Our gas was shut off. How can we get it back on—and get a discount on our rent?

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  • November 2019

    Another blow to landlords: New MCI rules are made retroactive, nixing some rent hikes.

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  • November 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses When can tenants legally withhold their rent?

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  • October 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses how new rent laws take bite out of tenant blacklist.

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  • October 2019

    HMGDJ Partner Kevin McConnell will be one of the speakers at a forum sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger concerning the rights of tenant-shareholders & condominium unit owners to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m at Hunter College between 68th St. & Lexington Ave.

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  • October 2019

    HMGDJ Partners Discuss the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (“HSTPA”) of 2019 at the New York County and New York City Bar Associations

    HMGDJ partner Elizabeth Donoghue will be part of the CLE presentation “How the Rent Laws of 2019 Affect Real Estate Practice” at the Jack Newton Lerner Landlord-Tenant Practice Institute on Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm, at the New York County Bar Association, 14 Vesey Street in Manhattan.

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  • October 2019

    HMGDJ partner David Hershey-Webb will be part of the CLE presentation “HSTPA of 2019 – What Owners and Tenants (And Their Counsel) Need to Know” on Friday, October 31, 2019 at 9:30am – 12:30pm at the New York City Bar Association at 42 West 44th St in Manhattan.

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  • October 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest Ask Sam article on BrickUnderground.com addresses how landlords use false pretenses to enter a tenant’s apartment.

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  • September 2019

    Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph is proud to announce that partner Elizabeth Donoghue was recognized as one of New York’s top tenant and real estate attorneys, by being selected to New York Law Journal and New York Magazine’s AV-Rated Women Leaders in Law.
    In September 2019, Liz was named to the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section’s Housing Law Task Force on the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019.

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  • September 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s The insider’s guide to rent-stabilized apartments: Essential knowledge for New York renters

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  • September 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest,” Ask Sam,” What happens when a rental building leaves the Mitchell-Lama program?

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  • September 2019

    SERGE JOSEPH will be honored by the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) as a “living hero in the law and in the Haitian community” on November 16, 2019 at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Other honorees include Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, former Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, current CEO of the Haitian Roundtable and current COO at the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.

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  • August 2019

    Sam Himmelstein’s latest,” Ask Sam,” column on The Brick Underground addresses the question

    How can I get access to my apartment after a fire?

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  • August 2019

    Firm partner Sam Himmelstein advises on The Brick Underground:

    The consequences of breaking a lease, and how to minimize and even completely avoid potential damages.

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  • August 2019

    David Hershey-Webb quoted in the New York Times:

    A Hot Mess of Summer Air-Conditioning Issues

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  • July 2019

    Sam Himmelstein is quoted in a recent Brick Underground article

    the sudden shut down of Bedly, a co-living company, and the dangers and illegalities involved in these arrangements

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  • July 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Can my landlord kick me out of my apartment to move in his family?

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  • July 2019

    Serge Joseph quoted in The Villager:

    FiDi tenants win fight to keep rent regulation

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  • The Brick Underground Podcast

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  • August 2019

    The Brick Underground Podcast:

    What do the sweeping rent reforms mean for New Yorkers?

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  • July 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Good news: The new rent laws just made it easier to challenge your rent-stabilization status

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  • June 2019

    P.A.’L.A.N.T.E 2019 Housing Conference

    P.A.’L.A.N.T.E 2019 Housing Conference

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  • June 2019

    HMGDJ Wins Big For Downtown Manhattan Tenants At The Court Of Appeals

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  • June 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    New NYC rent laws require security deposits to be returned in 14 days and landlords are fuming

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  • June 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    How much information do I have to give the landlord before I move in with my friend?

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  • June 2019

    Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP Celebrates The Newly Enacted Housing Stability And Tenant Protection Act Of 2019

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  • June 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    What happens to a rental lease when a tenant dies?

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  • June 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    What is the ‘good cause’ eviction bill and what could it mean for NYC renters?

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  • May 2019

    Serge Joseph quoted in the Daily News:

    City’s hand-picked “third-party” groups give big $$$ to pols

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  • May 2019

    Jesse Gribben quoted in Brick Underground:

    Ask Sam: What are the rights of tenants in a building with a CO violation?

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  • May 2019

    Serge Joseph quoted in the Daily News:

    De Blasio administration moves to foreclose on hundreds of homes in black and Hispanic neighborhoods

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  • May 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in The NewYork Times:

    Is It Crazy to Leave First-Floor Windows Open in New York?

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  • May 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Fair deal? How I tracked down my stabilized apartment’s rent history

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  • April 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in The NewYork Times:

    How to Escape the Dreaded ‘Tenant Blacklist’?

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  • April 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Ask Sam: Can I get evicted because of my neighbors’ noise complaints?

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  • April 2019

    Ronald S. Languedoc quoted in crainsnewyork.com:

    Landlords are exploiting a key loophole to raise rents on thousands of apartments

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  • March 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Ask Sam: My apartment tested positive for lead. Now what?

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  • March 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    My roommates and I are going to study abroad. What happens to our apartment?

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  • March 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    My landlord is demolishing our building. Is he allowed to evict me, and can I get a buyout?

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  • February 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    What’s the latest on proposed legislation to cap brokers’ fees and security deposits in NYC?

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  • David Hershey-Webb is featured on website created by The NewsDoc students from New York University who told the story of

    tenants from Queens who have been suffering from Major Capital Improvement rent increases for years.

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  • January 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    How I convinced our neighbors to sell their Park Slope co-op to us

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  • January 2019

    Sam Himmelstein quoted in Brick Underground:

    Is it legal to rent out individual rooms in an apartment?

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