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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.

Brookhaven Votes to Penalize Short-Term House Rentals

The Brookhaven Town Board has decided to adopt a measure that permits Brookhaven Town to assess fines of up to $6,000, including a term of incarceration of up to six months, for those who rent their homes for fewer than 4 weeks at a time.  This recently adopted measure also makes it illegal to rent out swimming pools separately from a house. Some Fire Island communities are exempt from this new measure because of the prevalence of rental housing.  This new legislation continues a steady trend on Long Island of imposing more restrictions on short-term house rentals.  Short term rental companies and landlords face numerous challenges on Long Island.  On the North fork, for example, towns and villages are stepping up enforcement against owners who allow guests to stay fewer than 14 days.  Some officials are employing the use of artificial intelligence to police online listings or collect rental taxes.  It is meant to crack down on the growing trend of people who rent out their homes through services such as Airbnb, which has sometimes resulted in disruptive or destructive behavior by renters.

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Landlords Rush to Evict Tenants, Even After Receiving Rental Assistance

With New York’s moratorium on residential evictions now expired, landlords have been rushing to evict non-paying tenants across the state. While this was sadly predictable, what is less predictable is that some landlords are going forward with evictions even against tenants who have been approved for rental assistance. As a result, tenants are facing legal troubles as they try to prove in court that they should not be evicted, even as their landlords try to throw them out of their homes.

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NYS Eviction Moratorium Expires, Creating Fears of Homelessness

New York State’s moratorium on evictions came to an end on Saturday, January 15, expiring after being in place for nearly two years. For landlords, the end of the eviction moratorium marks an end to a policy that forced them to keep non-paying tenants in their apartments for up to a year and a half. For tenants, however, the end of the moratorium potentially marks the beginning of a wave of evictions that will cause homelessness to spike across the state. Continue reading “NYS Eviction Moratorium Expires, Creating Fears of Homelessness”

What Happens When a Landlord Tries to Evict a Tenant?

In New York, a landlord cannot evict a tenant from their rented space simply because they failed to pay rent. There is an involved legal process that must go forward before someone can be forced out of an apartment or other rented space. But what exactly is this process, and what happens when a landlord attempts to evict a tenant?

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What is a Tenant’s Right to Quiet Enjoyment?

Tenants have a number of legal protections against potential abuses by their landlords, and one of those protections is known as the right of quiet enjoyment. This right is a crucial part of protecting the privacy and comfort of tenants, and it can become a serious issue when a landlord violates this right. But what exactly is the right of quiet enjoyment, and what can you do if your landlord violates it?

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What You Need to Know About the Warranty of Habitability

The warranty of habitability is the formal name for one of the most basic rights every tenant has: the right to live in a safe and comfortable environment. When landlords violate this right, whether negligently or maliciously, they can cause serious harm, and begin a potentially major legal conflict. Here are a few things you need to know about the warranty of habitability:

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Five Ways Landlords Illegally Harass Their Tenants

Tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment, which means they are legally allowed to remain in their rented spaces without fear of harassment or intrusion until they have been formally evicted. However, that does not stop some landlords from trying to harass their tenants out of their apartments, hoping to avoid the legal problems of seeking an eviction by forcing them to leave of their own accord. Here are five ways landlords may illegally harass their tenants into leaving their apartments:

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New York Eviction Moratorium Extended Until January 15

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a law that will extend the state’s moratorium on residential evictions until January 15, 2022. This extension is seen as a benefit to tenants who were facing eviction when the state’s moratorium was set to expire, leading to potential evictions for thousands of New Yorkers. However, for some, the measure is seen as a disappointing effort that does little to address the underlying issues behind the looming eviction crisis. Continue reading “New York Eviction Moratorium Extended Until January 15”

How Landlords Try to Avoid Refunding Your Security Deposit

It is common practice for landlords to require their tenants to pay a security deposit as part of their lease agreement. In theory, the security deposit is only meant to cover costs for cleaning and repair, and any unspent amount of the deposit should be returned at the end of the lease. However, some landlords will go to great lengths to make sure they can keep a tenant’s security deposit, including using these potentially illegal methods: Continue reading “How Landlords Try to Avoid Refunding Your Security Deposit”

Five Issues to Watch Out For in Your Lease Agreement

The lease agreement is an essential part of establishing the relationship between a landlord and their tenants, but it is also a common source of strife. Tenants, in particular, often do not realize the potential problems in their lease agreements until it is too late. Here are five things you should look out for in your lease agreement, if you want to avoid potential legal problems down the line: Continue reading “Five Issues to Watch Out For in Your Lease Agreement”

Reviews

What could I say that hasn't been said already about Mr.McGuire? He was very prompt with responding to my initial inquiry and very confident my case could be handled. He was extremely kind, reasonable and above all easy to speak to. The office staff was very kind and welcoming. My experience was great and that's why I have used him again and again. Thank you for everything!!
Amazing attorneys, they helped me a lot to win my case. Recommend 100%
Roque Franco
Roque Franco
1719170519
Incredible and profecional. Can't ask for moreHighly recommend 👌
Jorge Ramos
Jorge Ramos
1719069998
Mr. Bennett and his law firm has helped me in traffic cases. Thank you, recommend 100%
Anqel X
Anqel X
1719067276
Great
Larry Wasek
Larry Wasek
1718194687
This law firm did a really good job. They were really helpful. Very profesional place.
Everyone was very helpful. They helped me ger my traffic ticket into a parking ticket with no points. I will continue to come here for whatever it is. Truly the best.
John Wells
John Wells
1716565910
My case was handled very well, the receptionist is great
Kleber Guaillas
Kleber Guaillas
1716472765
I am very pleased with the service here. I will continue coming back for more help. The ladies in the front were the best!
Kyle Jermyn
Kyle Jermyn
1715704278
McGuire and his team were very professional and on top of my cases. I recommend this law firm 100%
Jaimeson Graham
Jaimeson Graham
1715692627
Highly Professional and caring firm that caters to their clients. The office manager, Daslin, takes care of every detail along with the rest of the amazing staff. Extremely organized and willing to work with anyone!
They were really good and thorough and helped me fight and win my case. I would recommend them 100+%
Yeah I'm going to recommend a lawyer for anything, always get a lawyer , this place is awesome no points and just a fine worth the money remember people don't work for free and points or conviction costs way more
Edgar Pereira
Edgar Pereira
1714087080
McGuire, Peláez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C is the third time they have help me with tickets and lic suspension I recently had tickets, they are all dismissed my lic is clean because of there awesome work lawyers and all the staff are so helpful always available to answer my questions
I have been with this firm for a couple years they have represented me now for several traffic violations/infractions. impeccable professionalism and service, and the results of the case were reduced or dismiss. I would like to show a special appreciation to the staff, from the paralegals to the interns to they are diligent, prepared and concise especially Jasmine the receptionist she welcomes the clients with open arms.
This staff is amazing! Stayed on top of my case at all times! Always kept me posted! Very professional! And had my speeding ticket knocked down to a parking ticket. Highly recommend this office!
Mark Goode
Mark Goode
1713817315
Highly recommend! Professional, easy, quick and effective.
James Closs
James Closs
1713462068
I made the right decision going there. They are very professional, nice and knowledgeable. I recommend if you need a good lawyer to go there.
Laura Gray
Laura Gray
1713454918
Attentive, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, EFFECTIVE!
Waberte Ati
Waberte Ati
1712867408
Today, I had the pleasure of being represented by Timothy V. Sorell, Esq, of McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C., in court, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome. From the moment I met Mr. Sorell, his kindness and patience stood out. He was not only empathetic to my situation but also extremely diligent in his approach to my case.Mr. Sorell’s expertise was evident throughout the entire process. He was well-prepared, articulate, and persuasive in court. His dedication to my case was unwavering, and it was clear that he put a significant amount of effort into ensuring that we had the best possible chance of success.I would also like to extend my gratitude to the entire team at McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C. for their support and collaboration. Their professionalism and commitment were instrumental in achieving a favorable outcome.I am grateful for Mr. Sorell’s representation and the collective effort of the law office. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal assistance. Thank you for your exceptional service and for securing a favorable outcome in my case.
genesis freire
genesis freire
1712327509
This law firm is the best. I was charged with a petit larceny and could have gotten q criminal record. Luigi got the case discussed. Thank you.
Scott Trapani
Scott Trapani
1712086442
Brett has been a rockstar for us. Unfortunately we have had a couple of issues with my youngest, the last one being a speeding ticket. Brett handled it professionally for us, saving us the aggravation of travel for a court appearance. He was able to get the points penalty removed and just had to pay a fine that was manageable. Well worth it vs the headache of what our insurance would have been like! If I am in this situation again, I know who my family will be turning to.
Amazing attorneys, very helpful.
Michael Cotoia
Michael Cotoia
1711811136
Absolutely great experience! Was recommended through a friend, came in as a first time client, everyone was extremely nice, helpful, and professional throughout the whole process, was told not to worry it would be taken care of… couple months later I get a call and the tickets cleared with the exact results I was looking to get!! Would very highly recommend Chris Mcguire and this firm!! Thank you guys again!
Morgan Orlick
Morgan Orlick
1711726179
This place is awesome. You need to go to them for all your traffic needs. They helped me get a speeding down to a parking ticket. I will use them for all my future traffic tickets for now on.
Jayne Furia
Jayne Furia
1711289355
Always helpful for the tickets I’ve had, came in on a Sunday when it was closed and took on my case. Very nice lawyer (Chris) who’s respectful and great at what he does.
Super professional and helped me with my traffic ticket. Highly recommended for any issue. Thank you!
Dominic Piccolo
Dominic Piccolo
1711114725
Everyone in this law firm was outstanding. Everyone was so helpful and kind. The lady at the front desk was phenomenal. They made everything easy and simple. I will continue to come back to them if needed in the future.
Jayovani
Jayovani
1711058090
Got me no points when I was stopped apparently going 85 in a 50 by state police. I recommend Mr. McGuire for traffic court for sure.
Christine Jorge
Christine Jorge
1710953278
I recently had the pleasure of working with Chris McGuire, and I can confidently say that he exceeded all expectations. From the moment I set up a consultation with him, I was impressed by his attentiveness and genuine concern for my situation. Chris took the time to listen to all of my concerns and made me feel truly heard, which immediately put me at ease.Throughout our discussions, Chris demonstrated a remarkable level of honesty and transparency. He didn't sugarcoat anything; instead, he provided me with a thorough understanding of all possible outcomes, ensuring that I was well-informed every step of the way.I am incredibly pleased with how everything turned out, and I credit Chris for his dedication and expertise. He exemplifies what every attorney should strive to be – compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients.Without hesitation, I would turn to Chris McGuire and his staff for any future legal needs. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in search of exceptional legal representation. Thank you, Chris, for your outstanding work
Linsay T
Linsay T
1710419681
They were absolutely great! My insurance didn't go through to the DMV properly so I got pulled over & the cop was a jerk. Wrote me a bunch of unnecessary tickets. I was really struggling financially as well & couldn't miss work over this, so they were so kind to work out an arrangement with me. Very thankful for this group of lawyers
Jose Sepulveda
Jose Sepulveda
1710361858
Marlene Pessoa
Marlene Pessoa
1710273650
Mr. McGuire was extremely honest with the consultation and that was well appreciated. I felt comfortable and would recommend them to anyone who would benefit from their services.
Cesar Garcia
Cesar Garcia
1710261013
Chris is an excellent lawyer. He is very kind and helpful. He helped me with my son’s traffic case. I would recommend him a million times and more.
For me, the best lawyers in Long Island, New York, have helped me resolve two cases, one related to traffic and the other in real estate. I am very pleased with McGuire Peláez & Bennett PC.
Jenrry Giron
Jenrry Giron
1709842453
They were so Kind and very helpful.
I was able to visit the office today where they attended with courtesy and they made me feel very comfortable. I am extremely grateful for their help. Whoever needs help with any situation I would recommend them! They are attentive and helpful.
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.
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