The Housing Stability and Protection Act of 2019 changed the real estate industry significantly, and building owners are still trying to wrap their heads around all the changes. One significant … [Read more...] about Overview: Changes to the Rent Deposit Law
LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS
Changes in the composition of the New York State Senate in Albany may lead to some dramatic changes in the law that building owners should be aware of. One such change is proposed by Senate Bill … [Read more...] about The End of the Preferential Rent As We Know It?
Even though it’s getting warmer outside, New York City’s heating season isn’t over yet. Throughout the cold winter months and into the start of summer, in New York City, it's important that building … [Read more...] about NYC Building Owners Compliance During Winter Months
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
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?