We represent both landlords and tenants, which gives us a global view of the issues that arise and how to solve problems in a cost-effective way. We can see the dispute from both sides.
Both sides in a housing matter need to be aware that there are procedural requirements that if not adhered to can lead to seriously adverse results. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is imperative that you contact us immediately, as your rights can disappear if proper legal action is not taken.
Also, contacting us early at the first sign of conflict may prevent having to go to housing court. Often, we can work to solve the problem without going to court. Having your lease reviewed by us is also highly recommended because we can spot potential issues before they become a problem.
The two most often encountered landlord-tenant matters are evictions and summary process holdover and nonpayment actions.
If an eviction is necessary, it is imperative that the legal documents be completed and filed in a proper and timely manner. It is not unusual that one small mistake can result in a dismissal of the case, thereby causing delay and creating more work necessary to successfully evict your tenant(s).
As a tenant it is most important that you understand your rights and options. Much of New York law has been written to protect you from unreasonable landlords and to protect you from harmful and dangerous conditions. There are procedures to use when a landlord refuses to fix items in your apartment in a timely manner. When you move you want your security deposit returned. We can advise you how to proceed when your landlord refuses. Our goal is to protect your legal rights and make sure you are treated fairly by your landlord and the court.