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 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”

When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?

Every landlord has a duty to their tenants to ensure their property is safe to live in. This is known, in legal terms, as the “implied warranty of habitability,” and no lease agreement can get around this basic obligation. Not every landlord keeps up this responsibility, though, failing to respond to tenants when they complain about problems in their rented spaces. If it goes long enough, neglect can stop being merely inconvenient, and start becoming a legal problem. Here are a few signs to look out for that might tell you it’s time to consider getting a lawyer: Continue reading “When Does a Landlord’s Neglect Become a Legal Issue?”

When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?

When you sign a lease agreement to rent an apartment, typically you do so with the intention of staying in that apartment for the whole duration. Sometimes, though, you may want to leave an apartment before your lease is up, but doing so may mean you face financial or legal penalties. So when is it legal to quit your lease early, without getting in trouble? Continue reading “When Can You Legally Break Your Lease Early?”

Landlords Prepare For End of New York Eviction Moratorium

Since almost the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, landlords in New York have been prohibited from evicting tenants who have been unable to pay that rent. With the end of the state’s eviction moratorium on May 1, however, landlords will once again be able to remove non-paying tenants from their apartments. This has led to fears that thousands of New Yorkers will face homelessness this summer, which may lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections. Continue reading “Landlords Prepare For End of New York Eviction Moratorium”

Seven Signs of a Constructive Eviction

Many landlords have been struggling to figure out how to deal with tenants who cannot, or will not, pay their rent. While most landlords remain firmly on the side of the law, some will resort to illegal acts to force out their tenants, in what is known as a constructive eviction. Here are seven signs that you may have become a victim of a constructive eviction: Continue reading “Seven Signs of a Constructive Eviction”

More Than One Third of Americans Face Homelessness

A new report by the United States Census Bureau has said that more than a third of all Americans are facing homelessness in the next two months. This is based on the number of American households that have missed mortgage or rent payments and who are unlikely to meet the necessary requirements to avoid foreclosure or eviction. This comes along with the expiration of federal and state eviction moratoriums that are set to end with the New Year. Continue reading “More Than One Third of Americans Face Homelessness”

Eviction Moratorium in NYS Extended Until Start of New Year

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state’s moratorium on residential evictions until January 1, 2021. This extension on the eviction moratorium is the latest in a series of extensions for a temporary measure that was originally intended to end in July. While tenants see the extension as a reprieve from potential homelessness, landlords are angered at being unable to kick out tenants who, in some cases, have not paid their rent in more than six months. Continue reading “Eviction Moratorium in NYS Extended Until Start of New Year”