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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.

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.

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.

3 options if your landlord is not making a necessary repair

As a tenant, you deserve a habitable rental unit. While most landlords have great intentions, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Other times, some landlords are negligent. If your landlord is not making necessary repairs to keep your apartment or home in a habitable condition, then you might need to take some action to get it done.

5 steps you should take to prepare for a new tenant

After you have screened and chosen a tenant, it is time to prepare your property. While there may be unique steps you have to take depending on whether your tenant receives government assistance or what condition your property is in, there are some general things you should do to make the process easier and minimize complaints. Follow these tips to fulfill your responsibilities as a landlord in New York.

Resolving tenant-landlord disputes without litigation

Going to court before the judge can be very costly to each party involved. Unfortunately, many landlord-tenant cases escalate before either party considers other options. Here are eight tips to help manage disputes about property. Whether you are a tenant or landlord, you can use these options to work out a manageable solution.

How to collect rent from a non-paying tenant

While real estate can be a great investment, renting out a property also comes with its own challenges. Dealing with maintenance and finding new tenants can be difficult, but the most stressful part of managing a rental is often collecting payment. When the mortgage is due and no money is coming in, a landlord's position can suddenly become extremely precarious. While some renters are easy to work with and always pay their bill on time, others may go weeks or even months without offering up any payment. Here are the steps you should take if you find yourself dealing with a non-paying tenant.

Legal assistance with tenant and landlord obligations

New York is a city that is dominated by renters. With a rental agreement, there are certain responsibilities on both sides based on landlord/tenant law. There are landlord obligations and tenant obligations that must be adhered to. With that in mind, any violation from either party might make it necessary to have legal assistance to settle it. In some instances, these can be negotiated amicably. In others, it might have gone too far and there is the possibility that a legal filing will be necessary. It is wise to have an understanding of what constitutes a breach of lease and when to move forward with the litigation process.

Lack of heat in rental property sparks lawsuit in New York

With the cold weather bearing down on New York City, it is an unfortunate reality that there will be landlords who will deprive residents of required amenities such as heat. There are certain landlord obligations that must be adhered to, including providing heat to tenants. If there is a failure to do so, it could be the basis for a lawsuit to settle the situation. This and many other issues can come up, making it necessary to have legal advice to deal with landlord-tenant disputes. This was recently seen in one situation in New York.

New York rental property under Section 8 avoids federal oversight

Renters and landlords in New York should have an idea about the various laws that are in place, both at the state and federal level, to protect them. One such law has to do with the Section 8 housing program that provides subsidies to tenants. A recent series of events placed landlords and tenants on the same side as New York received an exemption from federal regulations that might have negatively affected more than 55,000 people with low incomes and forced them to either pay more in rent or move to apartments that were not as costly.

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