Six New York City Landlord Rights to Remember

Landlords in New York City are subject to dozens of regulations and responsibilities to the city and their tenants. These responsibilities can quickly become overwhelming, and it is not uncommon for landlords to struggle finding and managing tenants.

However, landlords should remember that they are entitled to similar rights as tenants. If you are a current landlord in NYC or are looking to become one, here are some landlord rights you should be aware of:

Tenants Must Pay Rent in a Timely Manner

Being a landlord is a full-time job, meaning making money for themselves and their business is their number one priority. If renters do not submit rent payments in a timely manner, landlords are entitled to initiate the legal process of eviction. However, this process is lengthy therefore oftentimes landlords will provide renters with a grace period after the rent deadline each month.

If a landlord decides to proceed in the eviction process, once they have obtained a Warrant of Eviction, they are able to seek the eviction of property and give the renter a reasonable amount of time to vacate the apartment.

Tenants Must Keep Property Clean and in Good Condition

It is a landlord’s responsibility to keep the outdoor surrounding area clean, however it is the responsibility of the tenants to keep their surroundings clean as well.

In fact, many landlords will include a clause in a tenant’s lease that states they are required to keep the property in good condition. Aside from the expected wear and tear, tenants are required to cover the costs of repairing any significant damage made to their apartment.

Landlords May Access Their Units When Required or Allowed

While tenants are given the right to privacy, landlords also have the right to enter units when it is necessary. If they are concerned about the condition of the apartment or are suspicious of whether the tenant is following the rules stated on their lease.

Landlords, however, are not allowed to enter without giving tenants a notice and seeking their approval prior to entry. They are only allowed to enter without explicit consent during emergencies such as a fire or collapsed wall.

Landlords Have the Right to Know of Any Damages

Aside from normal wear and tear, tenants are obligated to notify landlords of any significant damage made to the apartment or building regardless of if the tenant is responsible for the damage.

It is then the duty of the landlord to make repairs in a timely manner. This is to avoid any prevailing damage as well as ensure that tenants are given a safe environment to live in.

Landlords Are Not Responsible for a Tenant’s Damage

Landlords are responsible for all basic maintenance and availability of all required facilities. However, they are not responsible for extensive damage made by tenants, whether it be intentional or not. If the tenant damages the property, such as making holes in the walls, landlords have the right to hold tenants responsible for any repair costs. If tenants refuse to cover the costs, landlords are then able to deduct the money out of the tenant’s security deposit.

Landlords Must be Notified if a Tenant is Ending Their Lease

Landlords must legally be given at least a month’s notice before a tenant plans to vacate a unit.  This is required in order to minimize the losses of the landlord by providing them with sufficient time to find another tenant before the current one vacates.

In New York City, there are numerous legal protocols that make finding a new tenant a lengthy process. Landlords need to ensure potential tenants meet their requirements, therefore must be provided with the time to do adequate research on any new tenant.

Need Legal Guidance? Outerbridge Law is Here to Help

Landlords in New York are subject to a great deal of scrutiny and dozens of complex restrictions and regulations. You should always adhere to the State and City’s regulations and uphold the rights of your tenants; however, if your rights are being breached, you shouldn’t have to navigate the legal process alone.

Outerbridge Law, P.C. has years of experience resolving landlord-tenant issues. We’ll help you devise a strategy and legal plan that protects you, your assets, and your reputation. If your landlord rights have been breached, contact Outerbridge Law today.