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Lead Paint and Babies

Q. My husband and I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for six years. Every year we sign a lead paint disclosure form stating that…
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Charges for a Fixer-Upper

Q. My husband and I bought a single room occupancy building with plans to convert it to a two-family home. After about a year of…
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Crack in the Floor

Q. My husband and I have a month-to-month market-rate lease for an apartment on the second floor of a four-story walk-up; a nail salon on the…
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Forced to Crank Up the Heat

Q. I am a market-rate tenant living in a converted office building. Instead of a central heating system, the building has HVAC units in each apartment…
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Lost Lease

Q. My family has been living in a rent controlled apartment since around 1968.  My grandmother, who passed away, was the original tenant.  Now my…
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Defining the 'Super'

Q.  Is a property owner required to hire a superintendent for a New York City residential building, or can a maintenance company serve the same function?…
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Residential Lease Primer

After 28 years of experience as a real estate attorney I have seen all shapes and sizes of residential leases. The problems landlords and tenants…
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Stove Replaced by a Cheaper Model

Q.  I rented a nonstabilized apartment in a condominium in Brooklyn. One of the selling points was the kitchen with stainless steel appliances. After about a…
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Subletting A Regulated Unit

Q.  Can a person renting in a rent-regulated apartment in Brooklyn sublet the apartment or otherwise get out of the lease? A.   A rent-regulated tenant usually…
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Calculating a Stabilized Rent

Q.  I rent a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. The building used to be all rent-stabilized, but then some of the apartments, including mine, became market rate…
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When Church Becomes A Landlord

Q.   My rent-stabilized building was bought by a church. Do stabilization laws still apply? A.   “The writer’s rent-stabilization rights continue even though the property was…
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Nosy Condo Suit

Subway’s bread may be fresh but it stinks to high heaven, residents of an Upper East Side condo claim. The condo has filed a $500,000…
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Let There Be Not So Much Light

Q.  My partner and I live on the 12th floor of a condominium on West 57th Street. Many of our apartment windows face Seventh Avenue. Directly…
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