The Fundamentals of New York City Rent Laws De-Mystified

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Taught by Ally Hack

I graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2004 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2005. My practice focuses mainly on real estate litigation in New York City. I have represented both landlords and tenants.

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Question: What do you get when you add a landlord, plus a tenant, plus a lease, plus New York City’s byzantine rent regulations? All too often, the answer is frustrated landlords, disgruntled tenants, and happy lawyers.

If you’ve ever resided or started a business in New York City, chances are that at some point you’ve dealt with a landlord and entered into a lease (or some other type of renal agreement) with that landlord. Similarly, if you’ve ever owned real estate that you’ve marketed for occupancy in New York City (be it commercial or residential), chances are you’ve dealt with a tenant and entered into a lease (or some other type of renal agreement) with that tenant.

Indeed, on whichever side of the fence you happen to sit, one thing is for certain: the landlord/tenant relationship is complicated and, by its nature, adversarial. It’s a game of cat-and-mouse that is made exponentially more complicated and adversarial by New York City’s byzantine rent regulations.

As the title suggests, this seminar seeks to provide a very basic overview of leasing in New York City (or, as we say in Texas, this seminar seeks “to put the hay where the horses can eat it”). So whether you are a landlord or a tenant (or both), leasing a commercial or residential space (or both), or whether you just have an interest in learning about landlord/tenant issues (in which case I feel very sorry for you), then join us for what I hope will be an open discussion where students can get their questions answered and take away practical knowledge to be applied to his/her daily life.

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