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Q & A: Installing Safety Bars in a Bathroom

By: Jay Romano October 19th, 2012 Q. I live in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, and I am a senior citizen. Who is responsible for the purchase and installation of safety bars in the bathtub and shower area? A. John Desiderio, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, says the law is basically silent on the obligation  Full Article…

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Landlords Facing Post – Sandy Responsibilities

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman Q: Is there any difference in the law between how regulated and unregulated apartments are handled when the tenant cannot live there because of storm damage? A: Rent regulation makes almost no difference in the legal treatment of storm damaged or destroyed apartments. In unregulated apartments, the lease  Full Article…

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Q&A: ‘Great’ Condo, With Stabilized Tenant

By JAY ROMANO January 25th, 2013 Q. I have found a great condominium to buy, but it is occupied by a rent-stabilized tenant. The broker says I would need to renew the lease every time the tenant wanted it renewed. I’ve read, though, that if an owner wants to use the unit for himself after purchase,  Full Article…

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Q&A: Questions About a Washing Machine

By: Jay Romano January 4th, 2013 Q. I am on the board of a Brooklyn co-op. One of the rent-controlled tenants in the building has had a washing machine in her apartment since she moved in. Such appliances are prohibited by the co-op because of the age of the building’s plumbing system. Can the building require the  Full Article…

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Q&A: Landmark View Is Disappearing

By JAY ROMANO February 15th, 2013 Q. My wife and I signed a two-year lease in a condo building in Brooklyn with a great view of a New York landmark. We were wary of some empty lots between the building and the landmark, but were told it would be years before anything started. One week after  Full Article…

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Q & A: An Inheritance, With Restrictions

Q. My mother inherited a co-op in Manhattan, but the co-op board will not give its approval for the shares to be transferred into her name. Can a co-op board do this? A.  A co-op board may not prevent the estate of a deceased shareholder from being transferred to a beneficiary, according to Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., a  Full Article…

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Q & A: No Dogs for Condo Renters

By JAY ROMANO Q. I own in a condo building that allows only owners to have dogs. Renters have been circumventing the rule by submitting a note from a therapist to the management company saying the dog is part of their therapy. Is it true that a condominium can be kept from enforcing its rules by  Full Article…

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Q&A: Juggling Two Leases

By JAY ROMANO Q. Is it possible to have two rental leases at the same time? Can I have a rental lease on the place I plan to move to while still having the lease on my current residence? A. The law does not limit the number of leases a person can have at the same time, said  Full Article…

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