Landlord / Tenant

At Goldman & Schapiro, we understand the stress and anxiety that can accompany a landlord-tenant dispute and other real property matters.  We place a high priority on personal service and attention, so that you have the confidence that you are being heard and that your legal concerns are being addressed. 

Owning rental property can be extremely rewarding.  At some point, however, many landlords will encounter the eviction process and the need to hire a lawyer to evict a tenant, either for the tenant’s non-payment of rent, the tenant’s holding over past the expiration of the tenancy period or for other violations of the lease agreement.  At times, the law places enormous costs and burdens on landlords, which can subject landlords to fines and restrictions, and may even require that the landlord pay a prevailing tenant's attorney’s fees and court costs.  It is critical that landlords, management companies and owners of real estate be counseled and represented by experienced attorneys. 

Landlord-tenant relationships are not simply about land or a living space; they are about people and families, their homes and their livelihoods.  Courts generally apply stringent standards to landlord-tenant cases.  Pleadings and other court papers are closely examined, and strictly scrutinized by the courts.  Frequently, courts may dismiss a proceeding for minor technical flaws.  Often even experienced landlords, or lawyers who have little experience with landlord-tenant cases, have their cases thrown out on the trial date.  Our Firm strives to avoide such pitfalls and ensure that this is not your fate.

Given the unique make-up of the Landlord/Tenant Laws, and with so many potential landmines lying in wait, it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable landlord/tenant attorney to help guide you through the laws and procedures applicable to such proceedings.  Our Firm can guide you through the following challenges:  

  • Advise you of your legal rights and remedies as a landlord or a tenant
  • Negotiate a strong Lease agreement in either a Residential or Commercial setting
  • Make sure your Lease Forms comply with local law
  • Prepare the appropriate notice for termination of the occupancy rights of a Tenant who fails to follow the rules
  • Inform you of your rights against non-complying landlords

If you are a landlord, trying to handle the matter on your own or by hiring an inexperienced landlord-tenant attorney may put your case at risk.  You need an attorney who will not compound the problem with unnecessary delays or expenses.

If you are a tenant wishing to oppose an eviction, our Firm can help you too.  Tenants brought into court by their landlords face the probability of being removed from their homes in a matter of weeks or months.  There are many possible defenses to an eviction which are based upon the landlord's behavior or other circumstances that lawyers who do not have experience with landlord-tenant laws overlook.  

New York
(212) 729-6681
(267) 416-5229
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New York, NY 10005