In one of the most competitive housing markets in the country, finding and keeping affordable housing can be next to impossible. For those who are lucky enough to find a place to call home, measures to protect your rights as a tenant can mean the difference between staying in your home and being unnecessarily removed from your home. Among the rights provided by the State of New York include:
- The right to cancel a lease if the property is not ready for move-in on the date agreed upon in the contract
- The right to heat maintained at minimum acceptable levels during the winter
- The freedom against discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, marital status, age, color, disability, creed or national origin
Depending on the circumstances, a qualified landlord-tenant attorney can often help prevent eviction by filing a petition to help keep you in the home. Landlords are often chomping on the bit to find ways to bring in new tenants who will pay higher rent, often resulting in petitions to remove existing tenants without reasonable cause.
Know your rights and call our office today for a free consultation.