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Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, IMPROVEMENTS IN A RENTAL

Q. I live in a rent-stabilized apartment in Manhattan. As apartments become vacant, the owner is making major improvements to the kitchens (new refrigerators, stoves, cabinets, etc.). Being handy, I ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, ADVERSE POSSESSION: MIND YOUR PROPERTY

Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would bar a claim of adverse possession, a centuries-old doctrine that allows a person to claim title to property that he or she ...
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Jonathan H. Newman in The New York Times Real Estate Section, THE RULES ON EVICTING A REGULATED RENTER

Q. I would like to know under what circumstances the tenant in a rent-regulated apartment can be evicted or forced to buy an apartment. For instance, if a rent-regulated tenant lives in a building ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, BREAKING A LEASE

Q. What are a renter's rights when seeking to cancel a lease before the end of the term? Though there are no provisions in my lease allowing for liquidated damages, my landlord wants two ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, HOW MANY SUPERS MUST A BUILDING HAVE?

Q I am a board member in a co-op with almost 400 units. Is there a New York City requirement that we have two live-in superintendents so that we have full-time coverage, or can the superintendent live ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, NOT HAVING A LEASE CAN BE A GOOD THING

TO lease or not to lease. That is a question that landlords and tenants must answer whenever a market-rate apartment is being rented. And while the landlord’s preference will usually prevail, ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times Real Estate Section, TRIGGERING A RENT INCREASE

Q. We are older tenants in a rent-controlled apartment in a 130-unit 1940s building. The owner is waterproofing the outside walls, a project that will take many months to complete. Will this qualify ...
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