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When can your landlord enter your Queens apartment?

Tenants expect privacy when they agree to lease a space. At the same time, landlords want to make sure that their premises are safe and retain their value. There are valid reasons that they have for wanting to get in and inspect their property. Both tenants and landlords alike often ask question where boundaries lie concerning when and why these entries can happen.

Landlord-tenant disputes: Avoiding a bed bug lawsuit

Queens, New York, is known for making many contributions to the world of music and sports. For example, the punk rock band, the Ramones, hails from the Queens area as do rappers 50 Cent and Nikki Minaj. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and musician Paul Simon graduated from Queens College. In sports, the Citi Field Stadium – one of the most recognizable ballparks in the nation – proudly calls the Queens region home.

New housing laws in New York cause issues for landlords

Landlords help keep the economy of New York going by offering millions of people fair and safe housing. But many of them are concerned about doing business in a new legal atmosphere that may cause new problems between landowners and their tenants.

Why might you need to keep your tenant's security deposit?

Many Queens landlords require their tenants to place a security deposit on their apartment before allowing them to move in. Property owners often have their renters pay a security deposit in order to cover their costs if a tenant doesn't comply with their lease. If they don't, then a landlord may not have to return a tenant's security deposit. Let's look at some examples.

Where, when should you take action against a nonpaying tenant?

The change in New York state law last year that limited how much landlords could raise the rent in properties that are rent-regulated were welcomed by tenants throughout New York City and around the state. The new law has had some other impacts.

Keyless entry systems can pose privacy risks for tenants

If you're the landlord of a newer apartment building, your tenants may use any one or more of "smart access systems" to lock and unlock their doors. Personalized key fobs, smartphone apps and biometric identifiers (like facial recognition technology and eye scans) are becoming more common.

What are landlords' obligations regarding noisy tenants?

One of the biggest annoyances of living in apartments and other multifamily dwellings in New York City (and anywhere) is the noise from neighbors and their visitors. Whether it's the people living above or below or those in the hallways and outdoor common areas, excessive noise can drive residents crazy.

What you need to know before taking action to evict a tenant

Many of the landmark rent laws that took effect this summer in New York were aimed at adding protections for renters. They address things like evictions, notices of rent hikes, security deposits, rent caps and application fees.

Attorney-approved tips for novice New York landlords

Investing in rental property is an effective way of building a solid income or padding an existing nest egg. Everyone needs a place to live, after all. However, without proper preparation, novice landlords may begin to experience costly landlord-tenant disputes. Such disputes can quickly deplete your savings and also make you regret your decision to become a landlord in New York.

Must New York landlords allow service animals for the disabled?

In a word, yes. Many people living with a disability experience great benefits from the presence of a service or assistance animal. However, some New York landlords do not permit pets inside their rental units.

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