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When tenants don't pay

If you are a Queens landlord, it's certain you've had your share of problem tenants. Unauthorized subletting, slow-pay and no-pay tenants all give New York City landlords headaches.

When the issue is that your tenant quit paying the rent, there is a clear path to eviction. But landlords must first lay the groundwork to make sure that they prevail in the eviction. Below are some suggestions for building a strong eviction case.

Proposed laws may impact landlord/tenant relations

In New York, the relationship between a landlord and tenant can be complex. Both have their own set of expectations regarding what is to take place. Disagreements frequently lead to disputes and even litigation.

A recent article mentions recently proposed changes to landlord/tenant law that could adversely impact this relationship even further. The news article calls these possible changes sweeping, and such legislation could overall increase government control over housing and prevent landlords from raising the rent.

When do you have to let a tenant have an animal in your unit?

As a landlord, it is your obligation to provide safe and clean facilities for the people who rent from you. You maintain the premises and create a lease that outlines your expectations for tenants. Many landlords choose to not allow animals such as dogs or cats in their rental units because of the potential damages animals can cause.

Other landlords do allow pets, but they also charge a special pet deposit which may be non-refundable, as well as an additional fee each month, sometimes per pet. Whether you allow pets or do not allow pets, there are circumstances in which a tenant can compel you to allow an animal in your rental unit. Understanding those circumstances can help you address them appropriately.

Tips for approaching the eviction process

Dealing with difficult tenants is always a challenge. Often, landlords can mitigate tenant complaints or complex disputes without going to court. However, it is not possible to resolve all issues like this.

Evicting a tenant often requires a lengthy legal process, but landlords should not have to deal with renters who do not maintain their legal responsibilities. Here are some critical tips for landlords to consider before beginning the eviction process.

Collecting rent from a tenant who won't pay

Many New York landlords have found themselves stuck in the unfavorable position of having a tenant who is behind on rent payments. Whether they are continually late in paying or are several months behind, you may question your options to enforce timely payments.

Managing rent-delinquent tenants can be one of the most challenging and unenjoyable parts of being a landlord. Tenants may pepper you with excuses or conveniently dodge your frequent attempts to collect rent. Here are four considerations to manage difficult tenants and collect rent on time:

When can you evict a tenant for not paying rent?

No one wants to be the villain, but being a landlord sometimes requires difficult decisions. Few decisions are tougher when it comes to evicting a tenant who hasn't paid their rent. To evict a tenant for failure to pay their rent, you must start a nonpayment case.

Evicting a tenant is more complicated than changing the locks while they run their errands. New York law requires that you follow the proper eviction protocol, no matter how frustrating the situation is. To evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent you must start with a rent demand.

Steps to prevent a landlord-tenant dispute

As a landlord, there's no better feeling than finding the perfect tenant. The person takes care of the property, always pays on time and is serious about following the terms and conditions of the lease.

Unfortunately, even if you have a good relationship with your tenant, things can turn sour without notice. While there's no surefire way to prevent a dispute, here are some things you can do to keep your relationship on solid ground:

New York rent reform will impact landlords

Affordable housing is a hot-button issue these days. Prospective renters have long been concerned with housing costs and the state of New York is listening. As many current laws come up for renewal in Summer 2019, significant changes could be on the way. Governor Andrew Cuomo has favored rent reform.

Among the issues in the rent reform debate is preferential rent.

Can you get a felony for renting?

Many renters act responsibly, according to the terms of their lease. If you have a rental agreement, you likely pay your rent on time, adhere to the pet restrictions and understand that you will have to pay for any damage you cause to your rental unit.

Likewise, if you are a landlord, you probably take care of your properties. You run background checks on prospective tenants, make necessary repairs and provide notice of upcoming changes that might affect your tenants. While many landlords and tenants work well together, some are not successful.

Can you reduce the number of rent-controlled tenants you have?

Rent control in New York City can make a huge difference in the income you're able to make off your property. While the program is meant to keep rent prices high enough to cover utility and maintenance costs, it's not likely to compare to the market value you could be making on the property.

If you've acquired a property with rent-controlled tenants, check these things to make sure they're entitled to the cost they pay.

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