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Category: Landlord/Tenant Law

Landlords Must Install Window Guards in Certain Units

Posted February 15, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant Law

In New York, residential landlords have a number of obligations that can change depending on the particularities of the tenant’s living situation and the layout of the building itself — among these is the requirement to install windows guards.  As a landlord, your failure to do so could expose you to significant civil liability.

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Cleanliness of Multiple Dwellings

Posted February 12, 2019 in Landlord/Tenant Law

In New York, as in other states, residential landlords have a variety of duties that they must uphold.  This includes a duty to maintain the cleanliness of a “multiple dwelling.”  Failure to do so may give one of your tenants a right to terminate the lease early, or even to sue and recover damages.  Given the risk of liability, it’s important to understand your responsibilities under the law (and the limits) as a residential landlord.

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New York Law Aims to Care for Pets Left Behind in Evictions

Posted December 24, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant Law | Author: Gabriella Esposito, Esq.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “No Pet Gets Left Behind Law” to protect pets from being abandoned after an eviction occurs. In many instances, people are not home when they are evicted from a premises. 

This situation caused one tenant to be unable to go into the apartment and retrieve his dog following a legal lockout.  The dog was unfortunately left in the apartment for two days before the tenant was allowed in to retrieve his pet. 

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Can you evict a tenant for damages caused by subtenants?

Posted December 24, 2018 in Landlord/Tenant Law | Author: Gabriella Esposito, Esq.

Under the Anti-Eviction Act, one of the ways in which a landlord may regain possession of a leased premises is by proof of willful or grossly negligent conduct that caused or allowed destruction, damage or injury to the premises.  N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1(c). Generally, when landlords are seeking to evict a tenant under this section of the statute, the tenant was the individual who caused the damage.

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