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Should you reduce rent in exchange for work?

It can make sense in some situations to reduce or even eliminate a tenant's rent in exchange for work the tenant does around the property. For example, the tenant could mow, perform plumbing repairs or remove wallpaper off.

However, does such an arrangement really make sense?

When you are friends with your potential renter or landlord

Well-written contracts are an essential part of what keeps many landlord-tenant relationships smooth. However, when you are considering renting from someone who is your friend or you are considering renting a space out to a friend, it can seem rigid to insist on a rental agreement.

Do it anyway.

3 steps to resolving a dispute with your landlord

When you rent a new apartment or house, you hope that your relationship with your landlord will be peaceful. However, sometimes this is not always the case. Maybe your landlord is not fixing a broken pipe or is violating your privacy. When a dispute arises, you may have concerns about how to resolve it.

So what should you do when there is a disagreement between you and your landlord? Here is a guide for dealing with landlord-tenant disputes. 

Thinking about subletting? Keep a few things in mind

In many rental markets, subletting is a practice that benefits both landlords and tenants, for example, by ensuring that rent gets paid on time. It can also carry many advantages for the subtenants, helping them to establish themselves in New York before needing to commit to a long-term lease or by helping them find a place quickly.

However, if you are considering subletting the place you rent, keep a few things in mind to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

3 things to do before you evict a tenant

Is your tenant causing problems? You may want to kick him or her out immediately, but you should be careful to follow all the proper legal procedures. You do not want a lawsuit on your hands. If you infringe on the rights of your tenant, you could be in big trouble. 

In fact, you should go above and beyond following the legal procedures. Before you begin the formal eviction process, you should follow these tips to try to resolve any problems with your tenant first. 

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.

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