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Q&A: Landlord Raises Garage Rent

By: Jay Romano November 4th, 2012 Q I have a rent-stabilized apartment with a garage space in New York City. For my upcoming lease, the landlord wants to apply the rent guideline increase of 2 percent or $20, whichever is greater, to the current rent for the garage. A neighbor who rents storage space in the  Full Article…

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Q & A: Installing Safety Bars in a Bathroom

By: Jay Romano October 19th, 2012 Q. I live in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, and I am a senior citizen. Who is responsible for the purchase and installation of safety bars in the bathtub and shower area? A. John Desiderio, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, says the law is basically silent on the obligation  Full Article…

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Landlords Facing Post – Sandy Responsibilities

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Q: Is there any difference in the law between how regulated and unregulated apartments are handled when the tenant cannot live there because of storm damage? A: Rent regulation makes almost no difference in the legal treatment of storm damaged or destroyed apartments. In unregulated apartments, the lease  Full Article…

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Q&A: ‘Great’ Condo, With Stabilized Tenant

By JAY ROMANO January 25th, 2013 Q. I have found a great condominium to buy, but it is occupied by a rent-stabilized tenant. The broker says I would need to renew the lease every time the tenant wanted it renewed. I’ve read, though, that if an owner wants to use the unit for himself after purchase,  Full Article…

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Q&A: Questions About a Washing Machine

By: Jay Romano January 4th, 2013 Q. I am on the board of a Brooklyn co-op. One of the rent-controlled tenants in the building has had a washing machine in her apartment since she moved in. Such appliances are prohibited by the co-op because of the age of the building’s plumbing system. Can the building require the  Full Article…

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Q&A: Landmark View Is Disappearing

By JAY ROMANO February 15th, 2013 Q. My wife and I signed a two-year lease in a condo building in Brooklyn with a great view of a New York landmark. We were wary of some empty lots between the building and the landmark, but were told it would be years before anything started. One week after  Full Article…

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Q & A: Maintenance Rises After Units Are Combined

By Jay Romano Q We recently bought a small studio apartment next to our one-bedroom and created a two-bedroom. We are paying maintenance on the two units as if they had never been combined. There is a similar apartment in the building that has fewer shares — and pays less maintenance — for the same-size apartment  Full Article…

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Q & A: An Inheritance, With Restrictions

Q. My mother inherited a co-op in Manhattan, but the co-op board will not give its approval for the shares to be transferred into her name. Can a co-op board do this? A.  A co-op board may not prevent the estate of a deceased shareholder from being transferred to a beneficiary, according to Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., a  Full Article…

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