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.
Specifics concerning the proposed changes
The rent stabilization laws in New York City cover approximately 907,000 apartments. The new proposal would prevent landlords from raising rents on these apartments should a landlord wish to raise rent to make up for renovation costs. Landlords state that not allowing them to raise rents will only incentivize them not to keep the apartments in good repair.
Landlords complain that compliance with current regulations already costs them a significant amount of money. It is for this reason that landlords are fighting any additional proposals.
Rent control will always be a contentious topic when it comes to landlord and tenant relations. There are a wide variety of laws and regulations impacting the enforcement of leases and rental agreements in New York City. Different interpretations of the laws can lead to disputes.
Sometimes it is necessary to locate legal counsel from attorneys who have the experience to assist both landlords and tenants. The outcome of any landlord/tenant dispute will be greatly dependent upon the individual circumstances. Every dispute is different, and the facts of the situation can be every bit as important as the laws that are in place.