Is your Landlord Legally Adhering to the Law?

It’s entirely possible that the more susceptible among us to tend to assume that the landlord is usually right. We believe them to always have a clearer and expert comprehension of the lease and the rules, always holding the power, and always lawfully and legally bulletproof. However, in terms of landlord-tenant conflicts, the landlord is in the wrong more frequently than you may think.

New York State is amongst the more tenant-friendly states in the Union, legally speaking; the City of New York is even more favorable to the tenant in such matters. The reason for this is simple: New York has had a greater history of discrimination and unfair housing practices than most other areas of the United States. Below, find three of the most common ways in which landlords illegally take advantage of the landlord-tenant relationship.

Laws regarding Discrimination

If you were going to educate yourself on the study the extensive set of questions which landlords probably won't ask tenants and also potential tenants, you may well be shocked. New York is protective on issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, immigration status, mental health, rehabilitation, criminal convictions, and so on. Landlords may, generally speaking, only obtain information essential to establish the tenant’s possible financial situation, and whether or not that possible tenant will be able to pay their rent. In lots of cases, anything else; even no matter whether that tenant could have children or not-may be illegal.

Unlawful Evictions

Unlawful eviction practices are sadly all too frequent in New York State, particularly in Nassau County. The standard guidelines with regards to evictions in New York is as follows: You have ninety days. You will find exceptions to that law, many of which involve illegal actions. You could be also be evicted if, for example if illegal substances have been located in your apartment. With regards to non-payment problems, however, State and even Federal law declares that there is an extended procedure involving state courts which has to be undergone before a tenant can be evicted.


In a case when you are evicted, or if and when you leave your property and move away while the lease
is stillvalid, you are eligible for retrieve your things. The landlord cannot just replace the locks and tell
you you can’t pick up all your stuff. You will find strict laws which protect your rights to collect your
property when you leave.

If you believe you’ve dealt with a scenario concerning housing discrimination, unlawful eviction, or even theft by your landlord, contact the Law Offices of Neil E. Weissman today.

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