I'm thinking of converting my cellar into a one bedroom "apartment". It will have a full three fixture bathroom, a kitchen fixture, a door connecting to the outside and most likely a 3x2 window to the outside. I'll be adding a fire alarm and a monoxide detector as well for... Read more »
Why not just make it legal and convert your home into a two family? You are not correct about there being no inspections. Also, you cannot enforce a lease of an illegal space. It also will hinder any sale or refinancing. Finally, it violates your insurance, and could lead to a lack of coverage....Read more »
Whether or not the agreement you made was notarized is not what protects you in this instance. Instead, Gov. Cuomo's moratorium on evictions in connection with the COVID-19 crisis provides you with protections. See Executive Order 202.28. In addition, the landlord still needs a judgment of...Read more »
Of course, you can always call the lender. However, if you are not the original borrower, it is unlikely the loan could be reinstated but if you qualify they may be able to offer you a loan to essentially purchase the property.
As we sit here, the NYC law was changed to nullify personal guarantees. Thus, the landlord cannot do so. However, there are constitutional and jurisdictional issues that make this law suspect, so it is unclear now what will happen. If you want to break your lease, now is the time to do so, as...Read more »
One of the real estate attorneys here could answer your question in the best manner, but you await a reply for three days. It's unlikely that an attorney could give you a turnkey price based on the brief description provided. An attorney might want to set up a paid consult to learn what the...Read more »
It depends on the terms of your lease. If you took "as is" and there is no representation that it is for office use, you might have problems. If there is such a representation, you have a defense if the landlord comes after you for the money.
The real estate attorneys here could give you the most meaningful input, but you're waiting for a reply and as a general matter, a good way to find out could be to contact attorneys and ask their fees. As with attorneys in any field, you could ask their area of focus, their experience, and...Read more »
Unfortunately, this situation is arising in many settings due to COVID-19. The outcome can depend on how the underlying contract has been drafted - it definitions, force majeure clauses, and how those elements could be interpreted, along with traditional contract law issues such as impossibility,...Read more »
My partner and I suffered substantial income loss due to COVID and we advised our landlord that we would like to use our security deposit for our June rent. Our lease is up on 7/31 and we will likely move out as we can no longer afford our rent because of income reductions. We have an excellent... Read more »
This is a contingency contract depended on we sell the property located in FL. Because this pandemic happened, we didn't sell a property located in FL. So we don't have money to purchase the Property located in Steuben county, NY. The seller refuses to return our deposit ($10K).
I tried to get in touch with hpd and since then have not emailed or returned my call. I had to pay a lien on house $42,000 in 2015. Now my mom wants to investigate about why she was charged so much and never received a court case but was by default can she reopen the case five years later against... Read more »
The trust divided her house into 4 ways. 1 of the beneficiaries has died leaving 3 of us left. 1 of the 3 is currently living in the home refuses to leave or settle the house affairs. I do not know how to obtain my piece of the house. I do not have money to hire a lawyer to settle this. The house... Read more »
Who was appointed as the Trustee (administrator)? It is their job to distribute the assets. If they cannot do it voluntarily, as hoped, then their alternative is to file in Probate Court, to force the sale and distribution. They should hire an attorney if they are not one. The cost would come out...Read more »
The contract never gave a direct date of when the project was to be done. But it’s been finished for over a year now and I still haven’t received the money. Can I charge interest even if it wasn’t specified on the contract that I would do so?
Generally, losing your employment or even the Covid crisis wouldnot constitute a legal basis to break your lease. However, that doesn't prevent you from negotiating with your landlord to be released. If you can present the situation in a way that persuades your landlord he/she would be...Read more »
My name is currently on the deed and all of the original mortgage finance papers filed with the state. My ex Husband did a loan modification without my knowledge and my name is not on that modification.
I am not sure what your concern is. You are on the deed, so you own the property. If the old mortgage is still appearing, you can call that bank and get a satisfaction filed. If you are not on the new mortgage you do not have to pay it, so it seems in your interest. How your ex accomplished...Read more »
It has been 3 weeks since I applied and I am running out of time to find a place. I was told the unit would be available by June 1, which is obviously not happening. I don't want to miss out on places just to find out I've been denied. Help!
The HSTPA of 2019 gave tenants in NYS substantial new rights. This includes limiting fees associated with renting an apartment to only $20 for a credit check. If you were charged additional fees, you may seek to recover them.
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