Most of the time, access between the landlord and the tenant is simple. The tenant notifies the landlord of a problem, and the landlord goes into the unit (or sends a representative), inspects, and … [Read more...] about Owner’s Right of Access
Some landlords have come up with a crafty way to make sure rent is paid on time by adding language to a lease that gives a tenant a discount if rent is paid by a certain date (for instance the fifth … [Read more...] about The Threat of a Recharge Where Rent Discount Provision Exists in a Lease
One of the more obvious changes in our culture over the last few years is the increasing acceptance of companion animals. That cultural change has proven so pervasive that it has even trickled down to … [Read more...] about What Happens to Companion Animals in an Eviction?
Most commercial leases are between the landlord and the commercial entity, not an individual. However, that does not mean the landlord has no recourse against individuals or, likewise, does not mean … [Read more...] about What Is a “Good Guy Guarantee”?
Most landlords are aware of the obligation to offer a rent-stabilized tenant a renewal lease, but some may be confused about how to proceed when a tenant does not — or refuses to — sign that renewal … [Read more...] about Renewal Leases — From a Landlord’s Perspective
Recently, NYC made it a little tougher for short-term (30 days or less) rental platforms to operate. On July 18, 2018, the New York City Council unanimously approved a new short-term rental … [Read more...] about NYC v. Airbnb: Restrictions Apply
Building owners in New York City need to be diligent in preventing their properties from being used for short-term leasing by tenants (e.g., the use of Airbnb). Even when leases don't … [Read more...] about Building Owners: The Dangers of Permitting Short-Term Rentals
The deadline for compliance with the new New York City Local Law is upon us. By August 28th, 2018, New York City building owners with more than three (3) class A dwellings are required to comply with … [Read more...] about New York City Smoking Notice Law — Comply by August 28, 2018
New York City's Housing Maintenance Code has always had a broad definition of owner harassment. That definition includes repeated acts or admissions that substantially interfere or disturb the comfort … [Read more...] about NYC Expands Definition of Landlord Harassment
Whether you’ve just gone through the due diligence process following the purchase of a building, or have been a building owner for years, I always suggest extensively reviewing a building’s legal rent … [Read more...] about Are the Legal Rents in Your Building Lawful?