Landlord / Tenant Law
At Tilem & Associates, PC, we have an extensive track record of successfully resolving disputes between landlords and tenants in both the commercial and residential context, whether or not there are written leases. Our White Plains landlord-tenant lawyers regularly work with tenants and landlords throughout Westchester County, including Larchmont, White Plains, Yonkers, Harrison, Greenburgh and Mamaroneck. Our lawyers work closely with clients on every aspect of the landlord-tenant relationship in residential and commercial matters including negotiating leases, ending leases, warranty of habitability issues, bed bugs and other infestation, non-payment, holdover, notices to vacate and summary proceedings.
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Some of the issues our lawyers routinely handle include:
- Lease drafting and review
- Eviction and holdover actions
- Nonpayment proceedings
- Illegal evictions
- Breach of contract claims
- Constructive eviction cases
- Breach of warranty of habitability
- Security deposits
- Utility bills
- Landlord liens
- Subleases and assignments
- Collection actions
- Holdover proceedings
- Mold issues
- Bed Bugs
- Vermin Infestation
In 2019 a New law became effective that changes the way that Landlords may evict tenants. We do not recommend dealing with any of these issues without the help of a capable landlord-tenant attorney who is familiar with the Courts in the Westchester County, Yonkers, and White Plains area. Because of the high rents in New York, the stakes are high. And landlord / tenant law is known for being very complicated. For example, in New York, rent regulation can set the maximum legal rent for a particular apartment and can further limit rent increases, reduction of services, and the right to terminate a tenancy.
In addition, evictions are similarly complex. There are strict laws about eviction summary proceedings, which are governed by the New York Real Property Action and Proceedings Law. A landlord must draft and notices to the tenant. These notices must be drafted and served in compliance with the law. Then he or she may petition for eviction on the basis of either nonpayment of rent or “holdover,” in which people have overstayed the terms of their lease either because the lease expired or the lease was terminated as a result of some default.Avoid Disputes From the Beginning
Many disputes arise out of poorly drafted leases or misunderstandings about the terms of oral agreements. Our White Plains based landlord-tenant attorneys often help resolve disagreements that are based upon poorly drafted or poorly worded leases. Experience has shown that the most cost-effective option is to avoid needless litigation and Court appearances by drafting residential and commercial leases that clearly define the responsibilities and the rights off all of the parties to the landlord-tenant relationship. When litigation cannot be avoided, the lawyers at our firm have the experience knowledge and skill to litigate any dispute between tenants and landlords with the best possible results. Our law firm is fully committed to helping protect our clients’ rights.
The 2019 changes to the New York State laws governing evictions dramatically changes the landscape regarding evictions of all types. It is not only essential to hire skilled, knowledgeable and experienced landlord-tenant attorneys, but now it is also essential to hire lawyers who are up to date on all aspects of the new law.
If you are thinking about renting a residential or commercial space, or are in a dispute with your landlord or your tenant, please contact us to day for a free, over the phone consultation.