New York is one the most landlord-friendly state due to the exorbitant rental prices. Friendly also to tenants due to the high rate of rent control clauses. Being a landlord can be overwhelming, especially when there are lots of paperwork to prepare.
It is important to work with an experienced attorney who has jurisdiction. The fact is, Landlord Tenant Laws vary from state to state, and your attorney will ensure you stay away from mistakes that could hurt you later.
Take note that landlords can create their own rules as long as it doesn’t go against ‘Fair Housing Act’ or the ‘New York State Division of Human Rights’. In a landlord and tenant relationship, the landlord must ensure the unit is habitable and in good condition.
Here are some of the things that every landlord must provide for tenants’ protection.
- Good Plumbing Condition
Before a unit is offered for lease, the landlord is mandated to install plumbing conditions that don’t frustrate the tenant such as a fault kitchen pump, leakage, or perhaps a stuck shower handle.
- Electrical outlets in good positions and condition
The sockets need to be in a good location in the unit, and they have to be in good condition to avoid electrocution. Having the electrical sockets in ideal positions will save the tenant cost of hiring an electrical engineer.
- Prompt Repairs
It might not the duty of the landlord to fix your ripped carpet, rather things that make living in the unit inhabitable. However, a broken HVAC system, water damage, malfunctioning sink or toilet must be repaired promptly to avoid hazards. Tenants need to inform the landlord of any damage for a quick repair.
- Contact info for emergences
It could be your contact information, or perhaps that of a property management firm. However, it is important to provide a means of contact for tenants to report any emergencies or maintenance issues. Failure to do so will lead to legal repercussions from code enforcement or any agency with jurisdiction.
- Maintaining insurance
It might not be the duty of the landlord to insure tenants’ personal properties, but they are responsible for insuring the unit. For tenants, they need a renters’ insurance policy to cover their personal belongings inside the unit. In an event of damage to the unit, it is the obligation of the landlord and their insurance company, not the tenant.
To be safe, work with a licensed and experienced attorney with jurisdiction. That way, you’re guided every step of the way while staying away from mistakes that might bite you later in the future. Go ahead and give us a call or perhaps fill the contact form to begin.