Landlord-Tenant Law (Manhattan)
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For the buyer, the attorney negotiates the terms of the contract and examines financing and contingency options. For the seller, the attorney prepares the required documents and ensures that deeds, insurance, and payoff letters are accurate and finalized.
Landlords have a responsibility to uphold safe and healthy housing for their rental apartments, condos, townhouses, multi-family homes, duplexes, or residential hotels. This means that renters have a right to appropriate living conditions, such as access to clean running water, adequate heat source, and any sanitary necessities. In turn, tenants hold the responsibility of upholding their landlord’s obligations, including paying their rent in a timely fashion, maintaining the integrity of the property, etc. This mutual agreement is crucial for the well-being, both physical and financial, of all parties involved. If you or someone you love are paying rent for a property that is poorly maintained, lacking sanitary conditions, or is overall unsafe, the expert landlord-tenant attorneys at Held and Hines want to help. Furthermore, our team of decorated attorneys can assist you if a tenant has breached their lease agreement or otherwise requires eviction. No matter the nature of your landlord-tenant dispute, we at Held and Hines have the passion and experience to provide the most favorable outcome for our clients in these highly nuanced legal matters.
Types of Uninhabitable Conditions
- Structurally unsound exterior surface such as leaky/damaged roofs, faulty stairs and railings, crumbling walls and deteriorating flooring
- Lack of potable water including adequate water supply and waste management connections
- Hazardous electrical connections and unsafe gas/other heat source storage
- Unregulated water temperatures, dangerous liquids, and combustible gases
- Accumulation of animal or human waste product with no adequate source of removal
- Infestation of pests like termites, cockroaches, rats, bed bugs, and other unwanted inhabitants
- Presence of black or toxic mold
At our firm, we understand that our clients’ living situation is of vital importance. We will not allow you or your loved ones to be trapped in unsafe conditions by your lease agreement. Our combined decades of legal expertise, coupled with an empathetic approach to these matters allow us to explore every available legal avenue in pursuit of your settlement. Do not suffer in silence, employ the legal counsel of an experienced landlord-tenant attorney from Held and Hines today.
In order to avoid disputes and ensure that both parties are informed about the nature of the rental agreement, Held and Hines recommends the following information appear on the lease and be discussed prior to signing:
- Names of landlord and tenant
- Full address of the property being rented
- Rental term included the exact date (e.g. six months, 1 year, or month-to-month)
- Rent amount and due date
- Amount of security deposit collected and procedures for returning security deposit
- Tenants’ responsibilities (e.g. keep free of hazardous material or follow building and housing codes). Be clear and specific when stating responsibilities of tenant
- Signatures and dates. Make sure lease agreement includes signatures of both the landlord and tenant
Reasons to Evict Tenants:
- Tenant has failed to pay rent
- Tenant has broken the terms of the lease (e.g. no pets allowed)
- Damage to the property
- Tenant refuses to leave after valid lease termination or when lease is up and after being provided legally sufficient notice
Note that landlords must serve a timely notice of eviction prior to requiring their tenants to vacate the property.
Contact Held and Hines for all of your landlord-tenant legal needs. We are determined to utilize our experience and passion to protect the interests of our clients. No matter the nature of your dispute, we will be there to help. A thorough understanding of housing law and legal expertise therein is crucial to success in these types of cases.
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