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NYC tenants sue landlord over rent by the room arrangement

It can be difficult for an individual to find a rental property in New York City that suits his or her needs. There is often high demand and short supply, accompanied by steep rent payments. Some tenants may only want to rent a room, rather than a whole apartment, whether to save money, because they do not need much space, or because they do not want to commit to a long-term lease. Unfortunately, some New York City landlords may be following illegal rental practices by taking advantage of tenants who are interested in only renting a room.

How does a NYC tenant get his security deposit returned?

Typically, tenants in Queens will have to pay a security deposit to a landlord when renting an apartment. In theory, a security deposit, which is often equivalent to one month's rent, is held by the landlord for the term of the lease and will be used at the conclusion of the tenancy to pay for any damages to the premises or outstanding rent payments. If there are no damages or outstanding rent payments, a landlord is supposed to return a tenant's security deposit. However, sometimes tenants have trouble obtaining their security deposits from their landlords.

Queens tenants' rights include access to safe, secure premises

Upon completing the often challenging task of securing a rental property in New York City, a tenant might have high hopes that the rest of his or her experience will be smooth sailing. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case, and all too often landlord-tenant disputes arise over a variety of issues. Tenants may benefit from being aware of some of the common ways that disputes arise and what their rights are in such situations.

What repairs are landlords required to make?

Both landlords and tenants have certain obligations to the other party in a landlord-tenant relationship. One of a landlord's essential obligations is to repair the premises when needed. A landlord is not required to make all repairs, however, so it can be helpful for both landlords and tenants to be aware of repairs that may be required pursuant to landlord obligations.

Legal help in rent stabilization of a rental property

Given the rising cost to rent in New York City, the law is designed to make sure that some residents are able to rent a place to live or stay in their current residence without having to pay escalating prices to do so. This is known as rent stabilization. Many people seek to have a rent stabilized apartment because it is beneficial both financially and practically. Understandably, landlords would like to be able to maximize their earning power commensurately with property costs and other maintenance issues. They are concerned about people keeping their rental without paying any increases in rent. This is often the foundation for a dispute.

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