Landlord / Tenant

Landlord / Tenant


Landlord - Tenant Law
 

As an owner of a residential home, apartment building, or commercial real estate, it is your option and prerogative to rent space to a person, family, or business.  For Landlord-Tenant lease agreements for either residential or commercial property, having an experienced Landlord-Tenant Attorney represent your interests in the transaction will allow you to know that you will be signing the best agreement possible.

The Law Office of Matthew K. Tannenbaum is available to both draw and review commercial and residential leases and assist Landlords in nonpayment and holdover proceedings.


Residential Landlords

 

In New York, many people own residential home or multifamily dwellings for the purposes of supplementing their income with the rental income.  When everything goes right, tenants follow all the terms of the lease, including paying the rent on time each month and giving the agreed upon notice before vacating the property. When this doesn’t happen, it may be necessary for a landlord to evict a renter or take legal action to collect unpaid rent and fees.

 

When it comes to eviction, the two most common types of cases have to do with either non-payment or a holdover.


Non-Payment of Rent

 

Non-payment means that the tenant has stopped paying their rent.  While the tenant may believe that they have a reason to withhold payment of rent, a lease is a legal and binding document which stipulates what must be paid for rent.  Regardless of their reason, if a tenant does not pay their rent, you have a legal right to remove the tenant from your property.

 

The process of removing a tenant requires specific documentation and the process follows a specific timeline that must be followed including allowing for notification to the tenant and time to respond.


Holdovers

 

A holdover is when a tenant has not left the property at the end of the lease period.  As a landlord, if the tenant stays after their lease, but pays the rent, and you accept payment, there is an implied month-to-month lease.  If the tenant does not pay the rent, or if you have informed the tenant that you would like them to vacate the property and you have not accepted rent, even if they attempted to pay, you might begin eviction proceedings.

 


Commercial Rentals in Suffolk County and Nassau County

 

Running a business in Nassau and Suffolk County on Long Island often means renting commercial space to do so. Like tenants that rent their home, commercial tenants are required to pay their landlord an agreed upon rent, and landlords are responsible for maintenance of the building itself. When the building is not taken care of, the business runs the risk of violating safety codes, inconveniencing customers, and may ultimately lose the business income required to pay their rent.

 

In different situations, responsibility for resolving issues with a property could lie with either the tenant or the landlord or even a combination of both parties.  In handling commercial rental disputes, Matthew Tannenbaum takes the time to thoroughly examine both his client’s point of view and that of the opposition. Since he takes on cases from both sides, he can spot valid arguments and help clients negotiate appropriate settlements that fit the circumstances.

 


Landlord Tenant Litigation

 

In the area of Landlord Tenant Law, going to court is a common occurrence.  Matthew Tannenbaum is an experienced litigator and is not deterred by option of having to go to court when negotiation fails to generate the desired results.
 

The option of going to court increases the leverage Matthew Tannenbaum can bring to the table as many attorneys look to actively avoid going to court.  With this option available,

 

Matthew Tannenbaum can represent his clients in an aggressive manner without compromising when it is not necessary to do so. Matthew Tannenbaum represents his own clients in court and is often referred cases by other attorneys who are not experienced or comfortable in a courtroom.

"...Matthew Tannenbaum takes the time to thoroughly examine both his client’s point of view and that of the opposition. Since he takes on cases from both sides, Tannenbaum can spot valid arguments and help clients negotiate appropriate settlements that fit the circumstances."