Let’s say you rent an apartment in a building or house where three or more families live. If the owner/landlord doesn’t have a Certificate of Occupancy that describes or permits your living quarters, he or she can be restricted from collecting rent in a law suit. However, applying the rules governing these situations is a complex Landlord Tenant matter. As always, there’s no guarantee a judge will rule in your favor, even if the landlord hasn’t abided by New York State and NYC building laws. Consequently, implementing this defense successfully generally requires you to retain a tenants’ attorney, rather than attempting to go it alone.
Please Note: Every McAdams Law Tenant Protection Tip and article is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for legal advice. Before taking action, consult an experienced New York Landlord Tenant attorney about your situation. Beware that being a party in a lawsuit in New York City’s Housing Court can subject you to blacklisting. Please see more details here.
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