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3 essential tenants' rights in New York

As a tenant in New York City, it is crucial for you to know your rights. You have rights to repairs, privacy and proper notice of an eviction. If you do not know your protections, you might not know how to resolve a dispute between you and your landlord

But if you know your rights, you can figure out when something is going wrong and hire a lawyer if necessary. Below is a look at some of the most crucial rights you have as a tenant in the city. 

Love me, love my pet

People and pets often create a family. But if one is intending to rent an apartment in New York, it can take much due diligence to find a place that will allow pets. Many landlords do not allow animals due to concerns including the possibility of damages and liability for any dog bites or nuisance issues to others.

A bit of preplanning and proactiveness can help tenants find the perfect place to rent with a four-legged friend. Knowing the laws in New York regarding rentals and pets can make all the difference.

3 options if your landlord is not making a necessary repair

As a tenant, you deserve a habitable rental unit. While most landlords have great intentions, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Other times, some landlords are negligent. If your landlord is not making necessary repairs to keep your apartment or home in a habitable condition, then you might need to take some action to get it done.

First, you should determine that it is a major problem, it is not your fault, you are paying rent and following state rules about notifying your landlord. If you meet these conditions and there is still a dispute between you and your landlord, here are some of your options.

Legal grounds for breaking a lease

As a renter, you may want to break a lease for any number of reasons, but because a lease is a legally binding contract, you may not end it simply because you desire to do so. On the contrary, there are several distinct circumstances under which you may be able to lawfully terminate a lease agreement.

More specifically, you may be able to terminate your rental agreement if:

Reasons landlords can reject rental applications in NYC

Although being a landlord can be profitable, it also comes with its share of problems. One common issue is disputes with tenants. You can avoid many of these simply by being careful in whom you approve to live in your rental properties.

Before you start being more selective, you must understand the legal reasons you can deny an application. This knowledge not only can help you choose better tenants but also help you prevent a mistake that can lead to an applicant suing you.

New York’s unlawful eviction procedures

As a tenant with an existing lease in New York, you have certain rights. If you are up to date on your rent and not otherwise in violation of your rental agreement, your landlord may not infringe upon these rights if he or she decides to evict you from your place of residence. As long as you are within the terms of your lease, and as long as you have lived in your rented home for 30 or more days, your landlord may not use certain tactics in his or her efforts to get you to leave.

These illegal eviction procedures include:

5 steps you should take to prepare for a new tenant

After you have screened and chosen a tenant, it is time to prepare your property. While there may be unique steps you have to take depending on whether your tenant receives government assistance or what condition your property is in, there are some general things you should do to make the process easier and minimize complaints. Follow these tips to fulfill your responsibilities as a landlord in New York.

Resolving tenant-landlord disputes without litigation

Going to court before the judge can be very costly to each party involved. Unfortunately, many landlord-tenant cases escalate before either party considers other options. Here are eight tips to help manage disputes about property. Whether you are a tenant or landlord, you can use these options to work out a manageable solution.

How to collect rent from a non-paying tenant

While real estate can be a great investment, renting out a property also comes with its own challenges. Dealing with maintenance and finding new tenants can be difficult, but the most stressful part of managing a rental is often collecting payment. When the mortgage is due and no money is coming in, a landlord's position can suddenly become extremely precarious. While some renters are easy to work with and always pay their bill on time, others may go weeks or even months without offering up any payment. Here are the steps you should take if you find yourself dealing with a non-paying tenant.

Why homebuyers should invest in a home inspection

A home is the biggest investment most people ever make. There are many costs associated with buying a house besides the purchase price, which means you are probably trying to watch your budget very carefully. A real estate inspection is not required but highly recommended. The American Society of Home Inspectors offers a Standards of Practice which outlines what you should expect when getting a home inspection. This informative document tells you what a home inspector should do and what an inspector is not required to do.

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