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Jarred I. Kassenoff in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, WHO SHOULD PAY FOR A NEW DOOR LOCK?

Q. I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment since 1965. Recently, the lower lock on the front door jammed and couldn’t be opened, so I got a locksmith to drill it and open the door for a fee ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, ARE OLD PEOPLE EXEMPT FROM RENT DEREGULATION?

Q. I have been living in my rent-stabilized apartment for more than 30 years. When I become a senior citizen, will I still be subject to high-income rent deregulation, or do the laws provide special ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, CAN A LANDLORD END A LEASE PREMATURELY?

Q. I signed an agreement to rent an apartment that allows the landlord to give me 90 days’ notice to vacate regardless of when the lease expires. My broker advised me to sign the lease, saying ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, HOW 'PREFERENTIAL' ARE SOME RENTS?

Q. I just moved into an apartment and signed a lease for $1,850. Someone told me that I may be paying a “preferential rent,” so I looked again at the documents. The lease was on a form ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Observer, Politics Daily

Manhattan real estate attorney Lucas Ferrara (who recently fielded questions from New York Times readers about landlord and tenant issues) thinks there’s nothing inherently wrong with Charlie ...
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Jonathan H. Newman in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, PAYING FEES AND CHARGES IN ADDITION TO RENT

Q. A friend of mine is subletting a co-op apartment. Besides paying her monthly rent, she is responsible for the sublet fee and the maintenance charge. Is this really her responsibility or the ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, IT'S WHERE YOU LIVE THAT MATTERS

Q. I have lived in my rent-stabilized two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan for more than 12 years. Recently, title to my mother’s condominium in New Jersey was transferred to my name for estate ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, CAN A BARGAIN RENT HAVE STAYING POWER?

For landlords and some tenants in rent-stabilized buildings, few issues are more important than “preferential rent” — rent that is lower than the legal regulated rent registered with ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Post, Page Six Magazine, CO-OP SHOWDOWN

Co-Op Showdown Ours is the city that never sleeps-and we can blame some of those restless nights on annoying neighbors. Kate Torgovnick checks in with New Yorkers who are taking their turf wars to ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, GETTING ACCESS TO FIX A LEAKY BATHROOM

Q. A bathroom in a rent-stabilized apartment in a building we own is leaking into an apartment below. The tenant with the leak refuses to grant access to his apartment so we can repair the problem. ...
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Newman Ferrara LLP in The New York Post, Cindy Adams Column

A MARCH newsletter from Newman Ferrara “The Real Estate Litigation Leaders” discusses the New York County Supreme Court case of Sultan v. Connery. As we’ve read, the Sultans and ...
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