An introduction to Landlord-Tenant Law

Landlord-tenant law is a part of the common law that details the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.  If you’re a landlord, then it’s important that you know what your obligations are so that you don’t get in trouble with your tenant or with the law.  We should point out that every state has different laws, which is why it’s important to hire a lawyer so that they can help you follow the landlord tenant law in NYC.  Although Gary Wachtel can inform you on everything that you need to know, here’s a quick introduction of information that you should know.


Landlord Responsibilities

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to provide safe and habitable housing for tenants, which includes responding to repair requests in a timely manner.  It’s important to note, though, that not every repair is the landlord’s responsibility.  In fact, it is the tenant’s responsibility to keep the property clean and free from trash, make small repairs and maintenance, and keep fixtures clean and sanitary.

On the other hand, the landlord is responsible for plumbing, electrical outlets and wiring, gas lines, mold, dwelling structures, waterproofing walls and floors, bugs, lockable windows and doors, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


Reasons for Eviction

In New York, there are 3 valid reasons for eviction, which are:

  • Nonpayment of rent – If the tenant stops paying rent, the landlord must issue a 14-day Notice to Pay or Quit.  If they still don’t pay, then the landlord can start the eviction process.
  • Lease Violation – Your leasing agreement should be very clear about your expectations, because if the tenant breaks the lease, you can refer to the agreement to help build your case.  When the lease is violated, you should send them a notice; if the problem persists, then the eviction process can begin.
  • Illegal Acts – Immediate eviction can occur if the landlord has evidence of illegal activities on the property.


To learn more about landlord tenant law in NYC, contact Gary Wachtel.  Not only does he represent landlords, but tenants as well.

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