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New York City Commercial Landlord Law Attorneys Provide Sound Guidance

Experienced firm helps tenants hold property owners accountable

Commercial landlords aren’t subject to many of the strict rules that govern residential properties. Businesses are usually presumed to possess a certain level of sophistication in real estate matters, so key issues relating to taxes, insurance, conditions, property use and other concerns are usually determined based on the language in the lease. At Goldberg & Lindenberg, P.C., our accomplished New York City attorneys are well versed in the laws that govern commercial landlords, including stronger provisions passed within the past few years. We can also analyze and interpret leases and other documents to help you understand your rights and legal options if a dispute arises.

Rights of commercial tenants in New York

Business tenants are often responsible for real estate taxes, property insurance and maintenance expenses. These costs might be charged directly to the renting business or they could be incorporated into a rent obligation. You should not expect the property owner to pay for the repair of broken fixtures or other costs associated with typical wear and tear, unless the lease agreement specifically mandates that. Whether you’re in the negotiation process or seeking counsel on your rights under an existing lease, our firm provides knowledgeable guidance.

Litigators assist renters with understanding property owners’ obligations

Like residential landlords, commercial property owners are legally bound to provide hot water and heat to the businesses that rent space from them. Additionally, your lease might state that your landlord is responsible for maintaining the exterior of the building, as well as sidewalks and other walkways on the property, by removing snow, ice and debris that could create a hazard. If your business is on a site where there are multiple tenants, such as a building with numerous office suites, there should be language in the lease stating who is liable for interior public areas, such as elevators and hallways between suites.

How Yellowstone injunctions can stop business evictions

When a commercial landlord commences eviction proceedings based on an alleged lease violation, the tenant can seek a Yellowstone injunction that gives them a chance to cure the problem. In this process, named after a landmark 1968 case, the tenant must show the court that they are prepared and able to remedy the purported default without vacating the premises. We can explain if taking this action will give you the opportunity to remain in your current location.

Skillful advocates fight against commercial tenant harassment

If your business rents a property, the non-residential tenant harassment law prevents your landlord from taking certain actions against you. The use of force, threats, service cutoffs or frivolous litigation to pressure a commercial tenant to leave is illegal. Other types of unlawful tenant harassment include blocking access to the leased site and the removal of property. You don’t have to stand for mistreatment from a property owner looking to get you out because they want to collect higher rent or for another reason. We can work on your behalf to help compel commercial property owners to comply with the law.

Contact a New York attorney to discuss rules governing commercial landlords

Goldberg & Lindenberg, P.C. in Midtown Manhattan advises clients on commercial leasing matters and the laws and lease provisions that landlords must follow. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 212-921-1600 or contact us online.