Ashburn, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: Landlord of rental building will not provide storage for items required to be removed from balconies during facade work.

The landlord of our rental building has informed us that exterior facade work under Local Law 11 will be performed for an undisclosed period of time. They are requiring tenants to remove all items from balconies during the entire time period, however long that may be (and in NYC, this could mean months or years). I requested storage space since these items will not safely fit into my studio apartment and was told they have no storage available but that if I want to pay $200/month, they could potentially find space. Do I have any recourse here? Do they have to provide storage space since they are taking away useable square footage? Or do they otherwise need to provide a reduced rent due for taking away a portion of the apartment for a period of time?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You should engage an attorney who will work this out for you. It sounds like an issue of the landlord simply playing on people's weaknesses.

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