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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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Analyzing Adverse Possession Laws and Cases of the States East of the Mississippi River: American Land Title Association

The basic elements a party must demonstrate to successfully claim adverse possession are essentially the same throughout these states. One must show by clear and convincing evidence that he or she has actually and exclusively possessed the land in an open, notorious, continuous, and hostile/adverse manner under claim of right for the statutory period. Where  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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Violation Battle: Level up your building for the fight – with City Hall

September 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey   Here’s some odd advice: when your building gets a violation, don’t pay it. At least not automatically. “Owners and boards probably spend thousands on fines and penalties that many times can be reduced,” says Ron Finger, president of Finger Management. “They get a ticket and think, ‘Oh, God,  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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Commercial Tenant Harassment in New York City—Questionable Medicine

October 25th, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman   Effective September 26, 2016, New York City adopted an ordinance giving commercial tenants a cause of action against their landlords for “harassment.”  Clearly modeled on a similar law adopted in favor of residential tenants some few years ago, the authors of this bill may  Full Article…

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The Rent Law 2015

On June 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 20 of the Laws of 2015, a complex piece of legislation covering a variety of topics, most of them having nothing to do with landlord-tenant relations. However, that section of the Chapter 20 that does cover landlord-tenant relations carries, by law, the name “The Rent  Full Article…

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