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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 or  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 entrance.  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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Q&A: Navigating the City’s Complex Housing Market

New York Times March 14th, 2015 Death and House Cleaning Q. My mother has lived in a rent-stabilized apartment in a co-op building for 40 years. When she passes away, how many months do her children have to clear out her belongings before the unit must be vacated? Forest Hills, Queens A. You will probably  Full Article…

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Q&A: On The Loft Law

By: Dov Treiman April 7th, 2015 The Loft Law and several related laws set procedures to protect and preserve residential occupancies in buildings that were originally built for commercial use by ensuring renovations to these buildings to bring them up to the safety standards that are normal in apartment buildings. Not all commercial buildings qualify  Full Article…

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Important Questions and Answers on the New and Old Rules of the Loft Law

Fall 2015 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman   Q1. What is a loft? A1. 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 in  Full Article…

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Preferential Rents Now Decrease Vacancy Increases

Under the Rent Law of 2015, the law irrefutably assumes that a preferential rent is not based on some special relationship with the tenant but is a genuine statement of what the market will bear. Since rent stabilization is supposed to prevent tenants from paying above-market rents, the logic of the situation that the Legislature  Full Article…

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Fair-Market Tenants and Condominium Conversions

A recent newspaper article reports that between 2009 and 2012, a total of 117 rental buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn were converted to cooperative or condominium ownership.1 Many of the units contained therein were deregulated. This article explores what rights tenants of these units have vis-à-vis rent-regulated tenants when a building is being converted, if and  Full Article…

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