Legal Resources for New York Landlords and Tenants

Buyouts as a method of Tenant harassment

If you are a tenant who is the subject of repeated buyout offers from your landlord, Mayor de Blasio’s signature on new legislation, making such actions illegal, should be a source of relief. In September 2015, the mayor signed legislation that provides three different measures of protection for tenants, in relation to buyout offers:  It

Rent Regulation in New York – the New Provisions

2015 saw marked changes in New York’s rent regulation laws. Although many landlords hoped The Rent Act of 2015 would simply be an extension of the then-current laws, legislators took this opportunity to strengthen tenant protections. The Rent Act of 2015 extends current rent laws for four more years, through June 2019, and included a

Why Tenants hold out on Landlords offering Buyouts

A landlord buyout may sound like a dream come true to many renters, but in NYC it’s not unusual for landlords to be met with a resounding “No” when they make a buyout offer. The reasons why tenants decline buyouts are as varied as the tenants themselves, but in almost all cases their reasoning comes

Buyouts between Landlords and Tenants in New York

Buyouts between tenants and landlords in NYC seem to always be in the news. Buyouts are a common tactic of landlords to obtain possession of units in their buildings with the hope of renting them for a higher price or selling them. This is mostly due to the New York City’s rent regulations, which limits

6 ways to protect yourself against ruthless and greedy Landlords

If you are fortunate enough to have a good relationship with a responsive landlord, consider yourself lucky. It’s rare to hear about good tenant-landlord relationships, especially in high-demand areas such as NYC. More commonly, landlords are focused on getting the most rent possible for the least amount of service. Protecting yourself from ruthless, greedy landlords

How much should a Landlord pay a Tenant to move out of an apartment?

  Rent Stabilized and Rent-Controlled apartments are highly coveted in NYC. Tenants save a great deal of money living in these units and landlords are constantly looking for ways to move tenants out. Landlords who are serious about this often approach tenants with buyout offers. A buyout can be good for both tenants and landlords

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

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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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