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NY Section 8 Voucher

Posted May 2, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

The Basics of Section 8 Vouchers in New York The federally funded “Housing Choice” voucher program, often called a “Section 8” voucher because the program is delineated in Section 8 of the United States Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, is a common form of tenant-based rental assistance in which, unlike public housing, the subsidy follows the tenants, who are free to choose their apartments, including those owned by private landlords.

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Security Deposit Rules in New York

Posted April 28, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

In New York, landlords are entitled to demand a security deposit from their tenants — typically equivalent to 1 month’s rent — that will provide a form of collateral to the landlord for any excessive damage caused to the premises (or to cover a situation in which the tenant abandons the premises without paying for the remaining term of the lease).  Security deposit issues frequently give rise to disputes, in part because the security deposit amount itself may be substantial in relation to the total rent, but more often because the tenant may disagree with the landlord as to whether the any damage has been caused to the premises that would justify the landlord withholding the deposit.

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Landlords Must Make Certain Legally Required Disclosures

Posted April 27, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

When a property is rented to a tenant, the landlord (or an agent thereof) is required to disclose certain details of the property and of the lease itself so that the tenant is fully informed as to dangers or habitability issues prior to taking on the lease.  Though New York statutory law is fairly limited with regard to the specific disclosure requirements it imposes on landlords in the state, fundamental aspects of contract law (i.e., avoidance of fraud) and real estate law (i.e., the warranty of habitability) may give rise to broader disclosure requirements.

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Affordable Housing in New Jersey

Posted January 25, 2017 in Community Association Law, Landlord/Tenant Law

This past week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a decision that could require the municipalities of New Jersey to reconsider their affordable housing accommodations. In a unanimous 6-0 decision, written by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, the Court defined how the municipalities in New Jersey are to calculate their respective needs for affordable housing.

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