Must Landlords Provide Reserved Parking Spaces for Disabled Tenants Who Request It?

Must Landlords Provide Reserved Parking Spaces for Disabled Tenants Who Request It

Yes, the Fair Housing Act requires landlords to make reasonable accommodations in their rules, policies, practices, or services when needed to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use or enjoy a dwelling. A reserved parking space is a common reasonable accommodation request for tenants who have mobility impairment or other disability which makes […]

NY Attorney General Warns Landlords Not to Raise Rents

NY Attorney General Warns Landlords Not to Raise Rents

New York Attorney General Letitia James (“AG”) issued an advisory to landlords reminding them that they cannot raise rents if they accepted or plan to accept funding from the New York state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) which was recently expanded in the New York state’s budget. Landlords who accept payments from the program are […]

NY Attorney General Sues Eviction Lawyers

NY Attorney General Sues Eviction Lawyers

New York Attorney General Letitia James (“AG”) filed a lawsuit against Balsamo, Rosenblatt & Hall, P.C, and its partners Robert Rosenblatt and Edward Hall for engaging in deceptive rent collection practices and initiating frivolous lawsuits against New York tenants. The AG claims that Balsamo’s housing court practice violates New York Executive Law, the Federal Debt Collection […]

“Uninhabitable” Conditions for Buffalo Renters

Uninhabitable Conditions for Buffalo Renters

Additional tenants have come forward after 7 News’ February 2022 exposé of problems Buffalo tenants are having with their landlord, Preischel Properties. The tenants reported problems with other properties owned by the realtor, including black mold and rats in their units. Attorney Justin Friedman, of Friedman and Ranzenhofer Attorneys at Law, says, “Whether or not […]

NY Landlord Pays $30,000 For Emotional Support Animal Discrimination

NY Landlord Pays $30,000 For Emotional Support Animal Discrimination

A settlement agreement has been reached with the current and former owners of Midtown Motel, LLC, a residential rental property in Dansville, NY, who were named as defendants in a Fair Housing Act complaint. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) alleged that the New York landlords discriminated against Cheryl Martinez based on […]

New Rules on NY Rent Collection

New Rules on NY Rent Collection

Do your tenants owe you large amounts of pandemic residential rent? Landlords should start lawsuits for unpaid rent as soon as possible, before new rent/debt collection rules go into effect.  Not only will the statute of limitations be shortened, but New York residential rent collection lawsuits will be much more complicated. The New York Consumer Credit […]

Town & Village Court Evictions in Erie County Hub Court

Town & Village Court Evictions in Erie County Hub Court

All evictions filed in town and village courts will be transferred to the Erie County Court Landlord Tenant Hub Court (“ECHC”).  The Hub Court, located in Buffalo City Court, is a virtual court using Microsoft Teams. Once the case is transferred by the village or town court, the parties will be contacted by mail with […]

NY Attorney General Cancels $200K+ in Illegal Rent & Recovers $65K For Deceived Tenants

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Landlord Denied Buffalo, NY College Students Housing And Then Claimed They Owed Thousands in Rent, Referring Them to Predatory Debt Collectors. In a textbook case of everything a New York landlord should not do, New York State Attorney General Letitia James cancelled more than $200,000 in illegal housing debt for dozens of Buffalo college students […]