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Jarred I. Kassenoff in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, A LANDLORD's UPHILL FIGHT TO EASE RENT RESTRICTIONS

James D. Harmon Jr. learned the value of a house as a child, shoveling coal into the furnace of one of two Upper West Side buildings owned by his grandfather, a French immigrant who worked as a ...
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Jonathan H. Newman in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, HEAT AND HOT WATER: WHO PAYS?

Heat and Hot Water: Who Pays? Q: Is it common for tenants to pay their own electricity charges? When is it permissible for a landlord to charge for heat and hot water? A: It is more common for tenants ...
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Randolph M. McLaughlin in The New York Times on Glover v. NBA

A former N.B.A. security official claims that he repeatedly warned his superiors that women in the office were being sexually harassed or discriminated against, but that his concerns were ignored and ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, HOW MUCH MORE CAN A RENTAL COST?

Q: I rent a condominium from its owner. We signed a one-year lease, with the tenant's option for the second year, with an increase. When I mentioned our signed lease, I was told that the market ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, STABILIZED TENANT WANTS TO BRANCH OUT

Q: I have been a rent-stabilized tenant in a Manhattan building for almost 20 years. My husband and I were thinking about renting another apartment in our building to use for entertaining. Would this ...
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Glenn H. Spiegel in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, A RENTER QUESTIONS DESTABILIZED NOTICE

Q: I have been living in the same apartment for over four years and my rent has not gone up once, so I'm not sure whether or not I'm rent stabilized. I got a "Destabilized Renewal ...
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Jonathan H. Newman in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, THE INSTALLATION OF AN AIR-CONDITIONER

Q: I am a tenant in the five-story rent-stabilized building. My landlord informed me in a letter that the law requires me to hire a licensed contractor to install a bracket under my small window ...
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Jarred I. Kassenoff in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, LOTS OF SMOKING IN THE COURTYARD

Q: I'm a tenant on the first floor of a rent-stabilized building in Chelsea. My windows face into a courtyard, and I have had to close them on numerous occasions because of people smoking in the ...
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Glenn H. Spiegel in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, AFTER THE DEATH OF A STABILIZED TENANT

Q: My wife's father died recently. He lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for over 25 years, and he paid the rent for the month in which he died. Now the landlord refuses to return my ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, TUTORING, YES, BARBERING, NO

Q: What are the rules regarding a New York City rent-stabilized tenant who works from home? A: "New York City apartments may be used for certain business purposes as long as the activity is ...
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Jonathan H. Newman in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, BACKING OUT OF A LEASE

Q I recently signed a lease and sent in my first month's rent and security deposit. I haven't moved in yet, but I would now like to get out of the lease. Is it possible to recoup my rent and ...
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Jarred I. Kassenoff in The New York Times, Real Estate Secton, NEW SECURITY CAMERAS IN A STABILIZED BUILDING

The landlord of our rent-stabilized building is installing security cameras. Is this a capital improvement that can result in a rent increase? A Most likely it is, said Jarred I. Kassenoff, a ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, SHOWING AN APARTMENT BEFORE A LEASE ENDS

Q. The lease on my apartment expires in September, and my landlord intends to sell the apartment by then. He wants to show it to potential buyers now. The lease does not provide a time frame for ...
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Lucas A. Ferrara in The New York Times, Real Estate Section, AFTER TENANTS VACATE A STABILIZED UNIT,

Q. What are the regulations when a New York City rent-stabilized apartment becomes vacant? What determines how much the rent can be raised, and how is it calculated? A. Lucas A. Ferrara, a Manhattan ...
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