Legal Resources for New York Landlords and Tenants

NYC passes Anti-Buyout Legislation: What this means for Tenants

NYC apartments are always in high demand. Unscrupulous landlords have long tried to take advantage of this demand by forcing current tenants out of their rent-regulated units so they can raise the prices and secure new tenants. Landlords might resort to threat, coercion, neglect, or even buy out existing tenants in order to free up

Avoid these actions when evicting a Tenant

Despite lease provisions, background checks, and other precautions landlords take to ensure quality tenants, you may find yourself needing to evict a tenant. The first thing you should know is that this is not as simple as it sounds. There are certain legal protections given to tenants. If you are thinking of evicting a tenant,

Tenants: Know your rights concerning bed bug removal and remediation in New York

As a tenant in New York City, you are probably aware that bed bugs are a huge problem.  Unfortunately, some landlords are not acting quickly to remove bed bugs. When faced with bed bugs, many tenants don’t know their rights, or who is responsible for taking care of the infestation. It’s important to know your rights

How to deal with Landlord harassment

It’s a situation few ever want to find themselves in – your landlord is making your life miserable. Threats, intimidation, ignoring requests for repairs or service…these all disrupt your life and they all constitute harassment on the part of the landlord. Sadly, this type of behavior is too common in NYC, especially in rent-controlled and rent

My Tenants have sublet my property without permission. What can I do?

In New York City, tenants have a right to sublet their property…..but they must receive permission from their landlord prior to doing so and provide very specific information to you about the new tenant. If they sublet without your permission, you have rights to protect yourself. Steps to take if a Tenant has sublet a

What are Succession Rights?

Living in NYC is expensive. Rent prices keep going up and it’s become nearly impossible for the everyday citizen to find affordable housing. If you are lucky enough to have a family member living in a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled apartment you may be able to claim succession rights upon their death or if they vacate

Tenants’ Rights regarding pets and service animals

NYC pet lovers are often unaware of their rights regarding pet ownership in rental units and may feel discouraged when they can’t find housing that accepts pets. However, under certain circumstances, you can have a pet, even if the lease says otherwise. New York City’s pet law and the 3-month rule NYC’s Pet Law, under

Bounds and limits to Tenant’s Right to privacy in NYC

The New York state covenant of quiet enjoyment Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, there are certain limits to the tenant’s right to privacy that must be observed. The first thing to understand is that tenants have a right to privacy; no questions asked. In fact, it’s illegal for a lease to contain

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Justin Brasch
Justin C. Brasch is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Justin C. Brasch and has practiced Landlord/Tenant and Leasing law for over 20 years. His areas of practice include Business & Commercial Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Landlord-Tenant, Leasing, New York City Building and Fire Code Violations, and Real Estate Law.Mr. Brasch has substantial experience and expertise litigating landlord-tenant and complex commercial and residential real estate disputes. Before establishing his firm in 1996, Justin Brasch was a litigation …

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