In Queens and throughout New York, real estate and rental properties are a major source of dispute between landlords and renters. This is especially true if the apartment is rent controlled and a person does not want to move out. Because these apartments can result in a significant rent increase if they become available, it is understandable if landlords want to have an opportunity to raise their profit. From both perspectives, it is wise to have legal advice in these complicated matters.
Woman and landlord in battle over her apartment
A woman who has resided in a Queens apartment for four decades has been in an ongoing dispute with her landlord. It is a rent-controlled co-op. The owner is a limited liability company that acquired it in 2002. The woman’s son asserts that the landlord wants his mother to vacate the property so they can charge a higher rent. This accompanies other issues that have occurred in the past including water damage from a leaky air conditioner nearly 10 years ago. Other problems have cropped up and the landlord has not repaired them. One was a potentially dangerous gas leak.
There were more than 30 violations found in the apartment in the past three years. A lawsuit was filed with the woman’s son saying that the landlord is refusing to make the necessary repairs as part of an ongoing attempt to get her to leave. With new laws passed in 2019, renters were accorded greater protection, especially regarding rent stabilization. The landlord is also accused of listing the apartment as for rent and showing it to prospective renters. Letters were sent to the landlord to stop, but they have yielded no results. The lease is set to expire in October with the legal requirement that she be offered a renewal. The repairs have yet to be completed and the woman is unsure as to what will happen.
Landlords and tenants should have legal advice
There are two sides to every story with a landlord-renter situation and it is important that each is represented. There could be a misunderstanding regarding the agreement, the landlord could be committing violations, or the tenant might have caused damage that could lead to eviction. There are many factors to consider in these circumstances. When engaged in a property dispute, it is wise for those involved to be legally protected with help from a law firm experienced in landlord-tenant disputes to try and reach a reasonable resolution.