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Housing Court offers NYC landlords, tenants potential resolutions

New York City is home to a tremendous amount of people. These individuals and families are often renters in apartment buildings, and sometimes, disputes may arise between landlords and tenants regarding the condition of a rental property.

When a dispute arises, sometimes a tenant may opt to bring a case against a property owner in New York City's Housing Court. Tenants may bring what are known as HP actions when essential repairs have been neglected, or if a landlord has failed to provide a basic service such as hot water or heat to a building.

Additionally, if a tenant believes that he or she is being harassed, a tenant may opt to pursue remedies through Housing Court. Alleged harassment may occur in the form of repeated interruptions of basic services, removal of the tenant's possessions, the use of force or threats, being a defendant in repeated baseless court actions, tampering with or removing locks on a tenant's rental property, or otherwise substantially interfering with a tenant's repose, peace, quiet or comfort. A tenant who pursues an action related to harassment may seek a civil penalty against a landlord, as well as the imposition of a court order that will stop a landlord's harassment.

A New York City tenant who is considering bringing a case in Housing Court, or a landlord who is facing a case in Housing Court, may benefit from legal counsel. Each party has rights and obligations that deserve protection and an attorney can advise on the intricacies of New York City's landlord/tenant law.

Housing Court can be a place where disputes are resolved, but it may also be possible to resolve a landlord-tenant dispute without pursuing remedies through Housing Court. An attorney may be able to provide advice regarding the available options.

Source: nyc.gov, "Housing Court," accessed June 17, 2016

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