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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.

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.

Legal assistance with tenant and landlord obligations

New York is a city that is dominated by renters. With a rental agreement, there are certain responsibilities on both sides based on landlord/tenant law. There are landlord obligations and tenant obligations that must be adhered to. With that in mind, any violation from either party might make it necessary to have legal assistance to settle it. In some instances, these can be negotiated amicably. In others, it might have gone too far and there is the possibility that a legal filing will be necessary. It is wise to have an understanding of what constitutes a breach of lease and when to move forward with the litigation process.

Lack of heat in rental property sparks lawsuit in New York

With the cold weather bearing down on New York City, it is an unfortunate reality that there will be landlords who will deprive residents of required amenities such as heat. There are certain landlord obligations that must be adhered to, including providing heat to tenants. If there is a failure to do so, it could be the basis for a lawsuit to settle the situation. This and many other issues can come up, making it necessary to have legal advice to deal with landlord-tenant disputes. This was recently seen in one situation in New York.

New York rental property under Section 8 avoids federal oversight

Renters and landlords in New York should have an idea about the various laws that are in place, both at the state and federal level, to protect them. One such law has to do with the Section 8 housing program that provides subsidies to tenants. A recent series of events placed landlords and tenants on the same side as New York received an exemption from federal regulations that might have negatively affected more than 55,000 people with low incomes and forced them to either pay more in rent or move to apartments that were not as costly.

Landlord prevails in tenant's string of cases

When the term "lawsuit" is mentioned in terms of a landlord/tenant dispute in New York, it is automatically assumed that the property owner is guilty of some sort of error, lack of oversight, failure to adhere to the law, absence of necessary repairs, or due to some other issue that left the renter in dire straits and with nowhere to turn. It is often forgotten that the landlord could be victimized just as easily as the tenant. With some landlord-tenant disputes, the cases might not be warranted or the landlord could be on the side of right. Therefore, both sides need legal assistance when there are allegations of wrongdoing, as evidenced in one recent incident.

What are important points about security deposits?

A common issue that might be confusing to New Yorkers who are seeking to find a rental property is how the security deposit falls into landlord/tenant law. As part of a rental agreement, it is just automatically accepted that there must be a deposit placed on the property. However, a number of people are blissfully unaware of what it actually does for them and how it can be abused by a property owner. When there is a disagreement or confusion about the deposit, knowing various facts can help a renter.

Legal help with an eviction notice

Part of renting or owning a rental property in New York is having to deal with the various legal issues that will inevitably arise. In some instances, either the owner or the renter will have to face an eviction notice. This is a difficult circumstance that will require legal advice regardless of the position the individual is in. There are various aspects of landlord/tenant law that provide protections and rights to both sides. Understanding that is key when there is an eviction attempted by an owner or defended against by the renter.

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