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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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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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A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding Interest

April 12th, 2017 While prohibited in some religious traditions,1 interest is one of the most pervasive concepts in the American economy. Seemingly simple on its surface, it presents a bewildering amount of complexity as soon as one digs into its legal implications. Real Estate practitioners must know the rules of interest when negotiating a mortgage  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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Pitfalls for Buyers: Careful Drafting, Detailed Inquiries Minimize Risk

By: Adam Leitman Bailey & Dov Treiman January 30th, 2008 Recent case law demonstrates that buyers of residential property with rent-regulated units have been blind-sided by financial risks arising from their attorneys’ ignorance of rent regulatory laws. Although many of these cases go unreported, the recent decision of Newport Partners v. DHCR,1 is typical of  Full Article…

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What You Must Know When Negotiating a Laundry Room Contract, New York Housing Journal

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman April 1st, 2009 It’s amazing how good building owners and managers are at increasing  and garnering revenue from residential tenants while at the same time leaving  themselves to the will and whim of laundry room operators who impose contracts  lasting for decades with automatic renewals, rights of first  Full Article…

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