If you are a landlord in the Forest Hills area of New York, you may find it challenging to keep up with state residential landlord-tenant laws. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge or understanding cannot help you when landlord-tenant disputes arise. One of the best ways for landlords to avoid conflicts is by learning more about tenant rights.
There are far too many tenants’ rights to discuss in one post. To help you begin your education into the rights of your renters, we decided to focus on one category at a time. In this post, we will talk about some of the personal protections available to tenants in Queens.
What does the term “personal protections” mean?
Essentially, it means personal rights. The category defines what your tenants can and cannot do as renters in our state. Below are three personal protections tenants have that many landlords overlook.
- They may organize. Tenants have the right to participate in tenant organizations in your building, free of charge.
- They may possess service animals. Regardless of your no-pet policies, deaf, blind or mentally ill tenants have the right to keep service animals in the home.
- They may make disability accommodations. Tenants with disabilities also have a right to make reasonable disability accommodations (wheelchair ramps, grab bars, etc.) to their homes.
As we mentioned above, tenants have other rights, as well. We believe you can avoid potential landlord-tenant disputes simply by understanding these rights. It is another layer of protection for you and your residential rental property, and as a bonus, it also keeps your tenants happy.