By: Akanksha A. Panicker
With COVID-19, courts have had to navigate through hitherto uncharted territory. It’s difficult to walk the line between tenant rights and landlord responsibilities, especially considering how hard the pandemic has hit everyone concerned. Consequently, judgements that are issued by court attempting to signal some clarity and change are to be lauded.
Recent decisions on landlord obligations also bring into question the obligations of tenants. New York landlords must follow specific state rules, such as complying with security deposit limits and the timeline and procedures for ending a tenancy. Failure to comply leads to costly financial difficulties and legal imbroglios. In the article below, pertinent cases relating to the impact of the coronavirus on creating a ‘livable environment’ will be discussed.
By: Akanksha A. Panicker
COVID-19 has been harsh for everyone concerned. A marked uptick of tenants are unable to pay their fees and the impact is felt on both sides of the landlord-tenant dynamic, with landlords unable to make ends meet without the steady source of rental income. The situation has also seen a lot of tenants attempting to let go of their paid housing and move out to stay with relatives and the like.
Why not just walk away? Slip out the back? Ghosting your landlord is often a plan?
There are shockingly real consequences for merely walking out on a pre-existing lease. Landlords who have had tenants exit without notice have legal protection under property laws of the state or city they’re in. In this article, we’ll examine the consequences of breaking a lease.
By: Akanksha A. Panicker
The onslaught of the coronavirus on the New York economy has been devastating on everyone. Nonessential businesses have closed in most states, and new unemployment application numbers are soaring. These economic situations may make it difficult for tenants to pay rent, but it also places a heavy burden on the landlords who rely on rental payments as a crucial source of income. In this article, the effect of the pandemic on the eviction of tenants will be outlined and the options at one’s disposal will be understood.
[1.0] The Background and The Eviction Procedure
Ordinarily, a landlord can evict a tenant for a variety of reasons, provided that the termination of the tenancy occurs before the eviction. However, cause is an essential requirement for a landlord who wants an early termination for a tenancy or who wants a tenant to move out before the rental term has expired..
The tenant can be evicted early for a couple of different reasons, including not paying rent or violating the lease or rental agreement The termination happens by way of written notice given to the tenant by the landlord. Failure to comply leads to the landlord filing an eviction lawsuit with a court.
New York is a tenant-friendly state and requires the culmination of a tenancy to comply with highly specific regulations that are aimed at particular situations that arise. Depending upon the circumstances, different types of notices and procedures may be provided. Additionally, eviction regulations in New York depend upon whether the rental property is located within the boundaries of New York City or whether the property is rent-regulated as well. These factors are necessary to consider before entering into a tenant-landlord relationship.
A roommate holdover case is brought to make a roommate leave the apartment or house that you share. You cannot lock your roommate out of the home you share without a court order.
If you are a renter, to start a roommate holdover case, your roommate must rent from you not the landlord. If your roommate is named on the lease and also rents from the landlord or owner, then you can’t start a case in Housing Court. Your roommate is a co-tenant and has the same right to stay in the home as you do. If you fear for your safety based on your roommate’s behavior you should call the police.
To start a roommate case, your roommate must be someone who is supposed to pay you rent to live with you. If your roommate is someone you let live in your home without paying rent, then you can start a “licensee” holdover case, not a roommate holdover.
The Housing Court hears and decides disputes between residential landlords and tenants in New York City. These cases include summary nonpayment and holdover proceedings, proceedings to enforce housing maintenance standards, and harassment cases.
The Housing Court is separated into Parts. A Housing Judge presides in each Part. There is a special part, called the HP Part, that hears only cases brought by tenants or by New York City to enforce laws requiring repairs in residential buildings. All other cases are first assigned to a Resolution Part. Visit the Resolution Part page to learn more about what happens in a Resolution Part. If the case cannot be resolved between the parties and if it is ready for a trial, it is assigned to a Trial Part. The judge in the Trial Part will listen to all the evidence and decide the case.
When the plaintiff starts a foreclosure case against the owner of your home, the law says that the plaintiff must tell the tenants within 10 days. You may find out about the case by seeing a notice posted on the door to your building or the plaintiff may give you a copy of the foreclosure Summons and Complaint. Do not worry if your name is on the papers. This does not mean that you have to move out. Many things can happen:
- The owner may settle the case and keep the property
- The bank may not be able to prove its case
- The case may take a very long time, often even a year, and you may move before it is over
- The new owner may want to keep you as a tenant
- You may have the right to stay anyway
Residential tenants in New Jersey have certain rights. They cannot be evicted (thrown out or locked out) without a judgment from the New Jersey Superior Court.
Some reasons a landlord might file a complaint in the Landlord/Tenant section of Superior Court:
- The tenant failed to pay rent.
- The tenant is often late in paying rent.
- The tenant has repeatedly acted in a disorderly manner.
- The tenant has caused destruction or damage to the property willfully or through gross negligence.
- The tenant has violated the terms of the lease or other document.
- The tenant has been convicted of a drug offense.
The court system can be confusing and it is a good idea to get a lawyer if you can. The law, the proofs necessary to present your case, and the procedural rules governing cases in the Law Division, Civil Part are complex. Since valuable claims or potentially heavy judgments may be at stake, most litigants appearing in the Law Division, Civil Part has a lawyer. If you are being sued, please contact your insurance company to see if they might provide a lawyer for you. Most likely your opponent will be represented by a lawyer. It is recommended that you make every effort to obtain the assistance of a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may contact the legal services program in your county to see if you qualify for free legal services. The telephone number can be found online or in your local yellow pages under “Legal Aid” or “Legal Services.”
Effective June 17, 2019, the following changes will take effect, this is a must read for all.
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By: Undisputed Legal/Eviction Service Department
A lease is a contract between a landlord and a tenant, containing the terms and conditions of the rental. It cannot be changed while it is in effect unless both parties agree. Leases for apartments which are not rent stabilized may be oral or written. To avoid disputes, the parties
may wish to enter into a written agreement. A party must sign the lease in order to be bound by its terms. An oral lease for more than one year cannot be legally enforced (General Obligations Law § 5-701).