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The Rent Law 2015

By Adam Leitman Bailey On June 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 20 of the Laws of 2015, a complex piece of legislation covering a variety of topics, most of them having nothing to do with landlord-tenant relations. However, that section of the Chapter 20 that does cover landlord-tenant relations carries, by law,  Full Article…

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Post-Lease Expiration Nonpayment Proceedings

In their Housing Litigation Column, Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman write: As a general rule of thumb, when there is a definitive appellate pronouncement on a principle of law in one judicial department and the other departments are silent, the other departments will follow the departments who have spoken to the issue. However, this  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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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws – Part I

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Part I Single-room occupancy housing, or more commonly called SROs, exist throughout New York City. When purchasing such a dwelling without the proper paperwork, you will not be able to obtain a permit to do renovations, a buyer cannot evict the residents who are rent-regulated tenants, and the  Full Article…

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Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools

In order to strive to become one of New York’s best real estate law firms we do not hire law school graduates from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia or any of the other traditional highest tier schools. Our hires come from the top of the classes of the second, third or fourth tier law schools. We  Full Article…

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