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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, CAN INCOME BE ASSIGNED TO A PART-TIME RESIDENCE?

Q. My wife and I live in a rent-stabilized apartment with a monthly rent over $2,000. In a couple of years, I will be 70½ and will be required to take a withdrawal from my I.R.A. That ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, PAYING TAXES WON'T GUARANTEE TITLE

Q. I am writing about the "Your Home” column of July 2, which described a court case, an “action to quiet title by adverse possession,” in which a property owner acquired title ...
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Daniel Finkelstein in The New York Daily News, WIRED FOR TROUBLE

Daily News Business Writer When the thermometer threatens to hit triple digits - like it has recently - New Yorkers become more vulnerable than ever to electrical fires. Air conditioners are big ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, STILL NINE-TENTHS OF THE LAW

A RULING handed down last month by the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, reasserts a centuries-old legal doctrine that allows people who use someone else's land for a certain period ...
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Robert Finkelstein in The New York Daily News, PICKING YOUR ROOMMATES: CHECK UP ON THEIR FINANCES

Daily News Business Writer ’TIS THE SEASON-to find roommates. Now that summer has set in, hordes of college grads are starting new jobs--and hoping that with roommates to split the rent, they ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, IN SUBLETS, RELATIVES GET SPECIAL TREATMENT

UNDER New York's rent laws, tenants can sublet their apartments for two out of every four years, provided they obtain the landlords' consent, which cannot be withheld unreasonably. But over ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The Cooperator, A PLACE OF ONE'S OWN: NEW YORK CITY HOUSING COURT

When it comes to something as valuable as the place we call home, almost any dispute has the potential to turn into a legal crisis—and that goes double for New Yorkers. For tenants and ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, A PROBLEM WITH PIGEONS

Q. We live in a rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper East Side, and our terrace is unusable because it's infested with pigeons. We have to deal with their droppings, and the pigeons also attract ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, SUPER NO LONGER LIVES IN: CAN THE LANDLORD DO THIS?

Q. I have lived in my rent-stabilized apartment for more than 25 years. The building has 48 units, and we have always had a superintendent who lives in the building. Is it lawful for the new owner, ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, WHEN A BUILDING GOES CONDO: DOES A RENT-REGULATED TENANT HAVE A RIGHT TO REMAIN?

Q. I think my building in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan is going condo. I am rent-stabilized, and have been for more than 10 years. What is the process for a tenant to keep a rent-stabilized ...
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Manhattan Co-Op Wins Rights To Roof In Dispute Against Sponsor - Sponsor cannot profit from deal between co-op and cellular phone company.

A Manhattan co-op will retain ownership of its roof and keep all income from an agreement with a cellular telephone company because the property owner waited nearly 18 years to assert its rights to ...
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