Representing Landlords In Evictions, Lease Agreements And Landlord-Tenant Disputes
If you are a landlord, you already know there is a lot to keep track of in the business of renting properties. But beyond the day-to-day operations of managing and renting properties, responding to tenant needs, collecting rent and paying bills, there are a lot of laws in New York that specifically address the landlord-tenant relationship and landlord responsibilities. At Law Office of Bradley D. Schnur, Esq. P.C., our founding attorney has over 20 years of experience in real estate law. If you are a landlord in Long Island or the surrounding communities and need legal advice or assistance about your rental properties and/or tenants, our office is in Jericho, and we can help.
The Most Important Landlord Responsibilities In The State Of New York
New York has an abundance of rental properties, and therefore, a lot of laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship. As a landlord, some of the most important responsibilities include:
- Compliance with anti-discrimination laws: Fair housing laws protect tenants from discrimination.
- Understand the rules about rent: If a tenant hasn’t paid rent, there are specific procedures to follow for next steps.
- Follow the rules regarding security deposits: One of the biggest sources of disputes between landlords and tenants is the return of the security deposit. The more you know, the easier it is to avoid this potential pitfall.
- Understand what it means to provide habitable housing: There are specific rules in New York that govern required repairs that are important for landlords to understand.
- Prepare legally valid leases and rental agreements: The terms in a lease have to be legal to be enforceable. Having a comprehensive lease can help landlords avoid litigation down the road.
- Understand the required disclosures: The law requires that landlords make disclosures about the property.
- Compliance with termination and eviction procedures: In the state of New York, there are specific procedures to terminate a lease and/or evict a tenant and exact compliance is critical.
There is obviously a lot to sift through when it comes to understanding the landlord-tenant relationship in New York. Hiring reliable, responsive and experienced legal counsel can help.
Rules For Landlords: The Eviction Process In New York
In New York, if a landlord wants to cancel a lease before the end of the lease, they must follow the eviction process exactly. A landlord can only evict a tenant for cause, which means the landlord has to have a reason to cancel the lease. For example, if the renter did not pay rent or the renter broke a rule in the lease, that could be cause to terminate the lease. If the renter didn’t pay rent, a landlord must give the renter notice and 14 days to either pay the rent or move out. If the tenant broke an agreement in the lease, the landlord has to give the tenant notice and ten days to fix the problem.
The laws and rules a residential or commercial landlord has to follow in New York can be quite complicated. At Law Office of Bradley D. Schnur, Esq. P.C., we can help make sure your lease agreements are thorough and legal, and we can help you make sure you are following procedures for evictions correctly. We can also help if conflicts arise and litigation ensues.
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If you are a landlord and need help better understanding the landlord-tenant laws, need assistance evicting a tenant or help to resolve a conflict with a tenant, don’t wait. Call us today at 844-864-4200 or send us an email through our online form. We offer free, initial consultations.