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24/7/365 Emergency Hotline: 631-348-1702

If you have been arrested, or in case of an emergency, our attorneys can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 631-348-1702.

Common Tenant Rights

When renting an apartment it is important to know your rights as a tenant.  If you are renting in New York State, there are several rights that you have the second the lease is signed.  While these rights can vary slightly between cities, the general premise runs through each rental situation.  While a lease agreement may lead to more responsibilities of the landlord, there are three important rights that are in every lease agreement.

Security Deposits

Most residential leases across the state require a security deposit.  The deposit is intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear.  This is also intended to cover any lost rent if the tenant skips out early on the lease without paying.  In New York State, a landlord must deposit security deposits into an account that ensures he or she cannot spend the money. If there are no damages and if the tenant stays for the entirety of the lease, the landlord is required to pay the security deposit back within 45 days.  If the landlord fails to return the security deposit, you may be able to bring a small claims case to get the security deposit back with interest.

Warranty of Habitability

The warranty of habitability is a lease provision that requires the landlord to keep your rental unit habitable.  This requires the landlord to repair or fix issues with hot water, repairs, rodents, plumbing and more.  If your landlord refuses to take care of one of those problems, he or she is breaching that warranty. A breach of that warranty can allow a tenant to take the landlord to small claims court or, in some circumstances, withhold rent until the problem is fixed.

Use of Non-emergency City Services

When a tenant faces issues with their landlord, they may seek intervention.  Just this year, Suffolk County released a new 311 hotline which gives a tenant an outlet to voice their concerns with their landlord. The hotline can be used for things such as reporting a noisy neighbor, but also reporting a landlord who is not responding to your requests.  For instance, if you have plumbing or heating issues that are not being addressed by the landlord, calling 311 may be a solution.  A government official who is staffing the 311 hotline may work as a mediator between you and your landlord.

In all, if you have concerns as a tenant, you may seek the advice of an attorney experienced in landlord/tenant disputes. The Long Island real estate and landlord/tenant lawyers of McGuire, Peláez & Bennett, PC are sensitive to your needs, skilled in handling real estate matters, and will fight zealously for your rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Central Islip real estate lawyers at (631) 348-1702 or fill out our contact form.

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Reviews

d gonzo
d gonzo
1709239423
This is the most helpful law office I've ever dealt with. Through the past few years they have handled traffic citations for each of my teen boys, who are otherwise good drivers but unfortunately experienced mishaps. In every case they were responsive and effective and have saved us significant money by working with the court to reduce or eliminate penalties and points. Highly recommended.
Great help. Chris really helped me understand what needed to be done. Thank you guys!
Muy buenos abogados
Danilo Ramos
Danilo Ramos
1708189224
They are very helpful, and honest
Danny Saturne
Danny Saturne
1708181555
Absolutely professional and efficient when handling my case.
Buen abogado gracias ayudarme a remover mi multa
Marie Tossaint
Marie Tossaint
1707773192
Karen was Very helpful and kind. she's the best! I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Louis Merced
Louis Merced
1707518284
Trust this law firm !
Very nice, quickly assisted, great response from everyone working here.
Marvin Sanchez
Marvin Sanchez
1706717726
Mr.Bennett and his team helped me when i needed them the most. Amazing work!
marvin deleon
marvin deleon
1706294947
Very helpful firm and people. McGuire has helped me a lot! Very thankful for this firm.
Fatima Amaya
Fatima Amaya
1706113584
The best thing I could see done was to do things legally and they are excellent and super professional, their assistants are very kind and helpful. I thank them for everything and that they have resolved my case with professionalism.
Troy Brinkhuis
Troy Brinkhuis
1706111589
Just Stop It!! Stop searching the Internet for a good lawyer to handle your traffic tickets. M, P & B are the best, so look no further. No, I am not a friggin cheerleader, nor am I being compensated to write a good review. Actually, I did receive something from Mr. Bennett and his team of professionals: Great Results!! I'm just a 50 something years-old Army veteran, and a guy who busts his a$$ every day to make a modest living. I don't have the time or money for mediocre results. When it comes to lawyers, I tend to be a bit skeptical, cynical and judgemental, but M, P & B (Mr. Bennett and his team, in particular) made me a believer. Thanks again, guys and gals at McGuire, Palaez & Bennett 👍👍
Brandon Morales
Brandon Morales
1705598327
I’m very happy with the outcome of my case since all was reduced to parking tickets and a small fine. They were super helpful and the work from my end was minimal. Overall good people and kind to customers, attorney Bennet did a really good job in court.
Jaime Mendez
Jaime Mendez
1705112699
Muy profesional ala hora de trabajarGracias Mr pelaez
Excelente atención y solución eficaz, recomendado al 100%
Tereza ramirez
Tereza ramirez
1704750780
Son muy buenos ami pues me ayudaron mucho asi que con gusto volveré en el futuro digo si Dios me lo permite gracias
Debbie Gangemi
Debbie Gangemi
1704642320
Christopher was great to work with. His staff was friendly and efficient as well. Chris spent endless hours ( even while away ) on a case and worked through everything for me. We would definitely recommend his firm. Thank you again.
julio cabreja
julio cabreja
1704599802
Jhoselyn Rodas
Jhoselyn Rodas
1703350596
Mr. McGuire and his team are super helpful, understanding, and professional throughout the process. They kept me informed every step of the way, which I appreciated! I highly recommend this law firm! Thank you so much Mr. McGuire!
Pete Sweat
Pete Sweat
1703271616
I hired Brett and his team to help restore my license which was suspended/revoked for years due to points/accidents. Fairly priced… after trying to take care of it on my own (paying fines and taking classes) I hired Brett, they did everything they could even after I moved from NY to FL, everyone who I spoke to was very helpful ESPECIALLY Daslin, she told me everything I needed to do and calmed me down when I thought I’d never get my license. Well it took some time but I am officially a LICENSED DRIVER! If you are having license problems don’t hesitate to call them, you won’t regret it. They even sent me my $100 money order back that went unused after my license was restored. 5 ⭐️’s
Kathy Mai
Kathy Mai
1703088891
We are very grateful that we got Mr. McGuire to represent us for our case! Mr. McGuire is extremely helpful and professional, he stayed on top of everything for us, and most importantly he helped us to achieve the result that we wanted. Mr. McGuire always open to talk and provided his professional opinions to guide us through the whole process. And his colleague Mr. Sorell was also helpful to support us at the final meeting. I can't say enough good things about Mr. McGuire and his firm, I really appreciated everything they have done for us, thank you very much!
rcassidy1952
rcassidy1952
1702906093
McGuire and his team done an outstanding job. Highly recommend!
Walter Vespe
Walter Vespe
1702827004
Mr McGuire has been our family lawyer for over 20 years. Mr McGuire has help my family from estate concerns to handling serious charges. His experience and knowledge of the law is second to none. I would Highly recommend
Tara Maddalena
Tara Maddalena
1702747130
Amazing law firm!!! They get it done. My husband and I have used Chris McGuire for different legal issues and he has been consistently wonderful. We recommend highly to all who have legal needs.
Sandy Niehr
Sandy Niehr
1702743650
McGuire, Pelaez & Bennett are great attorney’s who really cares about their client. Their fee is reasonable when I compared to other lawyers in the area. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Was always able to reach them and communicate with them whenever I had a concern. I highly recommend this law firm. Friendly staff too.
I appreciate the great customer service as well as the big help from everyone in the office. I would highly recommend them to any of my friends and family!
Jasmin Garcia
Jasmin Garcia
1702735811
They are the best lawyers ever! Highly recommend them. Super friendly and knowledgeable.
Jonathan Reyes
Jonathan Reyes
1701275264
Excellente trabajo me ayudaron con mi Caso!!
Mario M Gomez
Mario M Gomez
1700842836
Aurelio Marin
Aurelio Marin
1700677081
Excellent work. My 8 point ticket was dismissed. Chris & Dawkins are very helpful and nice.
McGuire, Pelaez and Bennett they were professional helpful was able to go to Mr McGuire when I felt uncomfortable very attentive. Nice pens too
wilis villalta
wilis villalta
1699392873
Cometí un error y ellos me ayudaron a resolverlo
Una oficina que me redujo todos mis tickets a tickets de parqueo sin puntos
Juan Pascual
Juan Pascual
1699302661
Una oficina demasiado buena el señor Bennett es excelente y honesto
Hanford tráfico másters for me excelente
La señora PELAEZ es muy eficiente en su trabajo se asegura que uno nunca tenga dudas sobre el caso muy satisfecho con sus servicios
christian brito
christian brito
1699042763
I am very satisfied with how i was represented and with the outcome ..I highly recommend this law office
WvGP XD
WvGP XD
1699039399
Valeria Abarca
Valeria Abarca
1698955299
Amazing attorneys & staff all around !
Melvin molina
Melvin molina
1698955026
Excelentes resultados abogados muy competentes
ramon barahona
ramon barahona
1698944743
It was a please working with you guys ! Appreciate you guys a lot.
Muy buenos
Muy satisfecha abogados honestos y buenos
Julio P
Julio P
1698087825
Excelente
Carmen Mayen
Carmen Mayen
1697817719
Un caso civil con ellos que a agotado mi vida pero con ellos a sido un proceso con paz y mucho entendimiento.
Edwin Figueroa
Edwin Figueroa
1697747169
recomiendo al abogado Luigi a ayudarle con sus problemas legales de corte en suffolk.
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