5 Great Tips for Buying a Home

With great opportunities abounding in the housing market and historically-low interest rates still intact, consumers can secure record-breaking values on a home purchase, according to New York-based real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey. “Incredible deals are on the market and ready to be made, but only for those buyers who know how to seize them,” ...

How to Win Eviction Case Against Tenant Who Overcharges Roommate, New York Apartment Law Insider

If you discover that a rent-stabilized tenant is overcharging a roommate, you may be able to win the tenant’s eviction in housing court. But winning these types of eviction cases isn’t easy, says Manhattan attorney Adam Leitman Bailey. You have to prove that the tenant, in fact, has been charging the roommate more than what’s allowed by Rent Stabilization ...

When Churches Face Foreclosure

in From The Orb > Required Reading by Phil Hall on Wednesday 31 October 2012 REQUIRED READING: On Aug. 8, Pastor Steve Munsey addressed his congregants at the Family Christian Center in Munster, Ind., with some very serious news: the church owed $750,000 in back payments on its mortgage and was facing foreclosure. The story of the church’s ...

Five NYC Laws Your Landlord Doesn’t Want You To Know

Friday, November 16, 2012, by Jeremiah Budin   As many Zone A inhabitants can surely attest to, knowing your rights as a renter is never a bad thing. But, while the Warranty of Habitabilityis certainly important, it’s not the only law that could come in handy for a renter. Here are five things your landlord doesn’t want you to know: 5) ...

“Q & A: Landlord Raises Garage Rent,” New York Times

Q I have a rent-stabilized apartment with a garage space in New York City. For my upcoming lease, the landlord wants to apply the rent guideline increase of 2 percent or $20, whichever is greater, to the current rent for the garage. A neighbor who rents storage space in the building for $50 a month is also being told that she has to pay the $20 increase ...

Are Landlords Really Responsible for Con-Ed’s Inability to Provide Power?

Q:  Are you saying that whenever a rent regulated tenant loses power because of a widespread power outage that the tenant is entitled to a rent abatement? A:  It has nothing to do with rent regulation.  It’s all about the warranty of habitability.  As to a power outage, it depends on the duration.  For a few minutes, there is no abatement ...

You’re In Charge Now

Transitioning from Sponsor to Board Control By J.M. Wilson <a href=’http://webserver1.net/adclick.php?n=a66d5248′ target=’_blank’><img src=’http://webserver1.net/adview.php?what=zone:38&n=a66d5248′ border=’0′ alt=”></a>   Launching a successful business requires talent, ...

Reaching for the Sun: Is It Possible to Own Too Much Real Estate?

By Al Barbarino 11/13 7:00am   When the credit crisis hit and the real estate market all but collapsed, news of disgraced developers became commonplace, their tales more often than not layered with intrigue. Take Kent Swig, who, after being divorced by his wife, filed an affidavit in May responding to a lawsuit filed by his ex-father-in-law, industry ...

Q & A: The Inquiring Mind- Renting Only to People with Paying Jobs, New York Housing Journal

By Adam Leitman Bailey Q. I want to adopt a policy of renting only to people who have paying jobs. Is this considered a violation of any fair housing laws? A. No, says New York attorney Adam Leitman Bailey. You aren’t discriminating or violating any fair housing laws, as long as you apply your policy consistently by renting only to people with paying ...

Keeping Window Guard Notices, New York Apartment Law Insider

By Adam Leitman Bailey Q. I know that the city’s lead-based paint law requires me to keep the lead-based paint notices I get back from tenants for 10 years. But what about the window guard notices returned by tenants. Am I legally required to keep those returned window guard notices and, if so, for how long? A. The window guard law doesn’t require ...