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Can I sue my landlord?

Jan 5, 2015 | Personal Injury

In 2011 the greater NYC area had 2,104,816 renters . With more renters than most cities worldwide have people means a lot of landlords who have a lot of responsibilities to these renters. So with 68% of the population renting, you can imagine there will be problems. Unfortunately few people know their rights as tenants so many end up just accepting health or safety problems they shouldn’t  Don’t be one of these people! If you or a loved one you know has an issue related to their rental, be sure you call a New York landlord negligence attorney and see if you can sue for damages due you.

Lack of Representation

If you have a landlord problem then you are not alone. The New York Housing Authority saw complaints against landlords increase by 40% in 2011. In 95% of cases which went to court, the landlords were represented by an attorney while a staggering 90% of tenants did not! If you have a solid complaint, be sure you have a New York landlord negligence attorney on your side before you go to court.

Do I Have a Valid Complaint?

If you are a renter in the greater NYC area than the first document you need to be familiar with is the warranty of habitability. This is the important clause in every lease which mandates:

  • The property is safe and is a healthy environment to live in
  • The property’s condition matches that of how it will be used by the tenant
  • The property’s condition will not threaten the tenant’s health or safety

Any violation of these three conditions is enough for you to call and consult if you have been the victim of landlord negligence.

Your Rights

Everyone has a right to live in a safe and healthy environment but too often people keep quiet because they worry if they sue than they will lose their lease. Unscrupulous landlords count on this silence and a problem unknown to the landlord will go unfixed as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or taken ill due to unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, it is your right to seek redress for the pain, loss of income and medical expenses.

Contact landlord negligence attorney from Manhattan or Brooklyn

If you believe you may have a claim, contact the Edelsteins, Faegenburg and Brown LLP Attorneys at Law for a consultation at 212-425-1999. Our lines are open 24 hours a day or you can email us questions as well.

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