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Landlords Rights

On May 29, 2011, in Landlord-Tenant, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Landlords Rights

The following questions about the landlords rights are often asked by both tenants and landlords:

Can a landlord change the locks to a tenant’s apartment? No, not unless they provide the tenant with a key to the new locks(s), the tenant has abandoned the apartment (proceed with caution, abandonment can be difficult to determine), or the landlord has lawfully evicted the tenant.

Can a landlord turn off the heat to a tenant’s apartment during the “heating season?” No, a landlord can not deliberately fail to provide heat to a tenant’s apartment during the heating season.

Can a landlord turn off the water to a tenant’s apartment?” No, a landlord can not deliberately fail to provide water to a tenant’s apartment.

Can a landlord throw a tenant and his/her belongings out on the street? No, not without a court order. And the Marshal or Sheriff would remove the tenant and his/her belongings (the landlord MAY have to pay for the moving and storage of the tenant’s belongings). Note: Police should be called in squatter and trespasser situations.

Can a landlord sue a tenant for unpaid rent? Yes, unless the tenant has filed bankruptcy or the landlord waived the rent arrears.

Can a landlord recover legal fees from tenant? Yes, if there is a clause in your lease which allows the prevailing party to recover attorneys fees.

Can a landlord sue a tenant for moving and storage fees? Yes, unless the tenant has filed bankruptcy.

The above sample answers are not “written in stone” and are not intended as legal advice. Every legal matter is unique and requires a thorough analysis before legal advice can be given.

New York Landlord Tenant Attorney

If you have questions about a landlord tenant issue, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620.

 

Landlord Pays Tenant’s Moving and Storage Costs

On April 30, 2011, in Landlord-Tenant, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

You, as the landlord, might have to pay to move and store your evicted tenant’s belongings. This can be extremely expensive (we are talking about thousands of dollars here).

The good news:

  • Not all NY counties require the landlord to pay for the moving and storage of an evicted tenant’s belongings.

The bad news:

If your county requires the landlord to move and store an evicted tenant’s belongings:

  • You will likely have to hire a licensed and insured moving company.
  • You will likely have to pay for storage at a commercial facility.

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Tenants and Foreclosure

On May 17, 2010, in Foreclosure, Landlord-Tenant, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Many tenants are finding out that the property they are renting has been foreclosed on. As I stated in an earlier post, NY foreclosure law now requires that tenants residing in foreclosed properties receive written notification of the change in ownership of the property. The law also requires that the tenant be allowed to remain in  the foreclosed home for the remainder of their lease term or 90 days, whichever is longer.

Hopefully, you have a lease that was executed prior to the start of the foreclosure action and can find suitable housing for you and your family before your lease expires. If you do not have a lease, then you will only have 90 days to pack up and move your loved ones and all of your belongings.  After that, the new owner, which often times is the foreclosing lender, will seek to evict you.

If you are facing this type of eviction or any other type of eviction, we may be able to stop the eviction and get you additional time to move, etc. We were recently able to stop a foreclosing lender from forcing a family of seven (7) out onto the street.

Long Island Landlord Tenant Attorney

As always,  the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a Landlord-Tenant and Foreclosure Defense Lawyer.

Please visit our Foreclosure and Landlord-Tenant categories to learn more about foreclosure and Landlord-Tenant issues.

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