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Landlord Tenant Disputes

At Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, in New York City and Westport, Connecticut, we advocate for the rights of landlords and property owners. For our clients, we bring an experienced depth of knowledge of rent regulatory laws, such as the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, Rent Control and Loft Law, and of landlord tenant disputes. Because of our collective experience, we advise our clients on what to expect through the judicial process in Housing Court, Civil Court or Supreme Court so that informed business and financial decisions can be made.

A landlord tenant dispute can occur no matter how much detail was in an agreement or lease. Many times, eviction notices such as notices to cure or notices of default, notices to quit, notices of termination and nonpayment and holdover petitions are necessary to enforce an owner or landlord's rights.

Real estate developers interested in creating a development in the foreseeable future have to take many steps following the acquisition of a building. Demolition and assemblage issues need to be addressed and strategized. Tenants may need to be bought out of their lease agreements. At Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, we represent those clients throughout all aspects of this complicated process, from the initial phases of due diligence prior to the purchase of property through the acquisition and then demolition phase.

Rent Control, Rent Stabilization and Loft laws are a complicated maze of statutes favoring the tenant and present obstacles for an owner or managing agent. Luxury decontrol is a hot-button issue in New York, as it is a legislatively created mechanism that removes apartments from the protections of the Rent Stabilization law. Essentially, they become part of the free market. Landlords benefit from this because they no longer have to determine rent within a legal framework. Rent can be increased on an annual basis and there is a greater freedom of choice of tenants for the landlord. Our firm has helped owners maximize profits through its pioneering work in this area.

Our landlord tenant dispute attorneys also have experience representing owners and landlords in commencing and prosecuting both residential and commercial non-payment proceedings and holdover proceedings on such grounds as owner occupancy, non-primary residence, illegal subletting and lease defaults. These also include issues such as rights of successions, illusory tenancy, properly exercised options and interpretation of additional rent provisions. No matter what your real estate problem may be, our lawyers have the experience to resolve it effectively the first time.

For more information or to schedule an appointment regarding a landlord tenant issue, eviction or demolition matter, please contact us.