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2017, The Year of Many New Landlord-Tenant Laws

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman  June 12, 2018  Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman discuss the many enactments related to harassment, bedbugs, and smoking, the first two of which expand tenants’ rights and the final one intended to constrict them. On Aug. 9, 2017 and in the ensuing months, becoming effective at scattered times over  Full Article…

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Negotiating RPAPL §881 License Agreements

By Adam Leitman Bailey, John M. Desiderio, and Joanna Peck Feb 20, 2018 Adam Leitman Bailey John Desiderio and Joanna Peck discuss practical considerations for parties to consider when negotiating §881 licensing agreements, noting that although §881 was once described as a “little-used law” it is now required reading for all attorneys with developer clients  Full Article…

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When Can Condo and Co-op Boards Fine the Owners and Residents?

January 30, 2018 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio review the authority given to boards of condominiums and cooperative corporations to impost and enforce respectively on condo unit owners and cooperative shareholder-tenants who violate building house rules. This article will review the authority given to boards  Full Article…

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Departmental Divide on Shareholder Family Occupancy

December 12, 2017 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman discuss a split among the First and Second Department Appellate Divisions on their interpretations of a common clause in proprietary leases for cooperative apartments relating to whether a proprietary lessee must live in the apartment simultaneously with a close  Full Article…

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When Email Exchanges Become Binding Contracts

August 8, 2017 by Adam Leitman Bailey and John Desiderio In Stonehill Capital Management v. Bank of the West, 28 NY3d 439 (2016), the New York Court of Appeals held that an agreement to sell a distressed loan, in the auction loan trading market, was enforceable without the execution of a formal written contract. While  Full Article…

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Violation Battle: Level up your building for the fight – with City Hall

By Adam Leitman Bailey Here’s some odd advice: when your building gets a violation, don’t pay it. At least not automatically. “Owners and boards probably spend thousands on fines and penalties that many times can be reduced,” says Ron Finger, president of Finger Management. “They get a ticket and think, ‘Oh, God, I’ve got to  Full Article…

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The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems of noise resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators has been screaming children.  Full Article…

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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws – Part II

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Part II Certificate of No Harassment The obtainment of a certificate of no harassment is the gateway into turning a highly regulated, alteration-prohibited building into a free-market class A multiple dwelling. It should be noted that even after a certificate is granted, any current tenants retain their rent-regulated  Full Article…

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