It is your property. You own it, so you can go inside of a unit whenever you need to, right? Well, sure, it is your property, but your tenants have rights, and one of those is the right to privacy. As a responsible New York landlord, you need to enter your properties occasionally for repairs or maintenance. How can you accomplish this without starting a costly and time-consuming landlord-tenant dispute?
Renting out real estate is one of the most successful ways to improve your income. New York landlord-tenant laws are more complex than property laws in many other states. This means that being a landlord in the state is not without some amount of risk.
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (TPA) was signed into law this past June, affecting more than one million apartments in New York City alone. Supporters say the law provides strong protections for tenants and significantly changes the Empire State's rent laws.
Most landlords in Queens may not have a legal advocate to protect their interests. As attorneys, we understand this. After all, legal assistance can be costly and most property owners do not want to spend money unnecessarily. Unfortunately, saving a buck or two right now might cost you more down the line if landlord-tenant disputes arise.
Many disagreements can happen between New York landlords and their tenants due to conflicting views over a lease agreement. Conflicts are frequent between renters and landlords whether it’s over repairs or the return of a security deposit.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prevents any landlord from discriminating against potential tenants. That may sound simple and straightforward. However, there are many more aspects of this act that New York landlords must understand, so they can avoid accusations of discrimination.
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.
Dealing with difficult tenants is always a challenge. Often, landlords can mitigate tenant complaints or complex disputes without going to court. However, it is not possible to resolve all issues like this.
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.
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.