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Non-Residential Tenant Harassment Law

As most of you are aware, a large part of our practice is representing Landlords and Tenants involved with commercial property. It is a common complaint of commercial tenants that their Landlords are “harassing” them in an effort to force them out of their space because their rent is “under market.” It is certainly possible Read More »

Many people think that Airbnb is harmless

To all those who wonder why Airbnb is problematic for landlords and for tenants, I have created lists that will help you understand the difficulties and implications linked to this type of rental. Please read the following lists: 1. Increased traffic causes increased wear and tear and damage. 2. Insurance issues, in that landlord’s insurance Read More »

The Seller Reneged. What to do?

Q. My fiance and I were set to close on a one-bedroom co-op in Jackson Heights, Queens. Both parties had signed the contract. We had our mortgage commitment letter and had turned in our board application. We were in the midst of moving out of our rent-stabilized apartment when the sellers suddenly informed us that Read More »

Lead Paint and Babies

Q. My husband and I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for six years. Every year we sign a lead paint disclosure form stating that the apartment may or may not contain lead paint. Since we had no children, we never gave it any thought. Now that I am pregnant, I am not sure how Read More »

Dealing with a Menacing Landlord

Q. For 12 years, I’ve lived in the same apartment in a brownstone. In the last year, it seems like my elderly landlord has developed dementia. He began leaving me notices, claiming I owed him back rent. I showed him and his lawyer 24 months of canceled checks, but they began eviction proceedings against me Read More »

Charges for a Fixer-Upper

Q. My husband and I bought a single room occupancy building with plans to convert it to a two-family home. After about a year of renovations, we applied for a certificate of occupancy inspection, which turned up an outstanding $1,000 boiler violation from the 1990s, which we paid. Follow-up inspections found open permits and Buildings Read More »