Every landlord is bound by something known as the implied warranty of habitability. This guarantees the right of every tenant to live in a safe and comfortable environment, although unfortunately some landlords refuse to respect this right. Here are seven signs your landlord has violated the warranty of habitability:
If you are renting an apartment, or planning on renting an apartment, your lease agreement is key to understanding your rights. In particular, there are a few specific terms you should pay close attention to if you want to protect yourself from potential abuse. Here are seven important things you should know in your lease agreement: Continue reading “Seven Important Things to Know in Your Lease Agreement”
If you are facing the prospect of eviction in New York City, you may be confused and nervous about the process. The process of eviction is normally fairly straightforward. There are several opportunities available to assist you from losing your home and to prepare you for the process. Here are five things you should expect during the eviction process:
When you sign a lease for an apartment, it is customary to hand over a security deposit, which theoretically should be returned to you after the lease ends. And yet, many landlords will keep the security deposit, sometimes without giving an explanation as to why. So do you have a right to have your security deposit returned, and if so, what happens when your landlord violates that right?
A “constructive eviction” is the legal term used when someone is forced out of their rented property due to conditions on or in the property making the property unlivable or due to the conditions you have to leave your home and live elsewhere. A constructive eviction is illegal, and a tenant might not be held responsible for unpaid rent during a period where they have been constructively evicted if a judge finds that a constructive eviction occurred. Here are five signs of a constructive eviction you should watch out for:
Around 1,500 landlords in New York City have applied for a new “prohibited buildings” list, that would allow them to exclude tenants from participating in short-term rental businesses like Airbnb. Landlords who successfully apply for this list, which became open on March 6, would be able to pass on fines from illegal short-term rentals to the tenants that host them. This is meant to help crack down on the growing trend of tenants renting out their apartments in Airbnbs, which some say has contributed to the issue of a lack of affordable housing.
A surprising number of people who are currently renting an apartment do not know that they have a legal right to safe and comfortable living conditions. When someone is forced out of their apartment due to poor conditions, it is known as a “constructive” eviction. But what does a constructive eviction look like in practical terms, and what should you do if it happens to you?
Rent stabilized apartments are among the most sought after apartments you can find in New York City, but the competition to get them is fierce. This is because they are often the most affordable living spaces in the entire city, with rents significantly lower than other, unregulated apartments. But what does it mean for an apartment to be rent stabilized, and what rights do you have if you are a tenant in a rent stabilized unit?
It is the legal responsibility of every landlord to ensure their rented properties are adequately maintained, so they are safe and habitable. However, not every landlord is diligent about ensuring apartments are well-maintained, leading to the state of their apartments slowly deteriorating. What should you do when your landlord refuses to maintain your apartment? Continue reading “What Should You Do When the Landlord Won’t Maintain Your Apartment?”
The Rent Guidelines Board, which regulates rent stabilized apartments across New York City, is set to increase rents for residents in regulated units by 3.25%, or in some cases, up to 5%. This increase is set to be the largest yearly increase in rents for regulated apartments in years. In total, around two million New Yorkers will be affected by this increase in rents, potentially straining their finances.