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Old and New Loft Law Rules: What You Need to Know

January 20, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman   Q: What is a loft? A: The word “loft” has no legal meaning. The word “loft” is used in several laws and in the naming of The New York City Loft Board which was set up for the purpose of taking illegal residential tenancies  Full Article…

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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws

February 10, 2016 Single-room occupancy housing, or more commonly called SROs, exist throughout New York City. When purchasing such a dwelling without the proper paperwork, you will not be able to obtain a permit to do renovations, a buyer cannot evict the residents who are rent-regulated tenants, and the owner may be required to maintain  Full Article…

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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws Part I

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Part I Single-room occupancy housing, or more commonly called SROs, exist throughout New York City. When purchasing such a dwelling without the proper paperwork, you will not be able to obtain a permit to do renovations, a buyer cannot evict the residents who are rent-regulated tenants, and the  Full Article…

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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws – Part II

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Part II Certificate of No Harassment The obtainment of a certificate of no harassment is the gateway into turning a highly regulated, alteration-prohibited building into a free-market class A multiple dwelling. It should be noted that even after a certificate is granted, any current tenants retain their rent-regulated  Full Article…

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Residential Leases Now Require Sprinklers

By Adam Leitman Bailey January 2015   Effective December 3, 2014, all residential leases in New York State now require a notice to residential tenants about the presence of absence of sprinkler systems in the “leased premises.” The new law, however, while defining what a sprinkler system is, does not define what a “lease” is  Full Article…

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The Rules for Allowing Pets in ‘No-Pet’ Buildings

April 13th, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio   When determining whether an owner’s pet qualifies for admittance in a “no-pet” building, cooperatives and condominiums must be extremely careful to follow the federal, state, and city fair housing laws governing how far a board can go when investigating and denying an animal’s  Full Article…

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The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

June 8, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman   As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems of noise resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators  Full Article…

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Post-Lease Expiration Nonpayment Proceedings

October 11, 2016 In their Housing Litigation Column, Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman write: As a general rule of thumb, when there is a definitive appellate pronouncement on a principle of law in one judicial department and the other departments are silent, the other departments will follow the departments who have spoken to the  Full Article…

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