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October 11, 2012

Donna asks…

What is the plan for affordable housing by any of the candidates?

IN NYC MIN WAGE IS $7.15HR RENT FOR A 2 ROOM APT. ABOUT 1400 PER MONTH.DO THE MATH
IF THIS IS NOT THE FEDERAL GOV. PROBLEM WHY DO THE CANDIDATES ALL PROMISE A SOLUTION?
BY THE WAY.I OWN MY HOUSE ANG THREE 4 TAXI NYC MADALIONS.FOR ALL OF YOU GIVING CAREER ADVISE.AND AS FOR PEOPLE EARNING MIN WAGE GETTING MAYBE SOME OF YOU MIGHT LIKE FLIPPING BURGERS IN BURGER KING WHEN YOU GAT LEAFT OUT OF YOUR PARENTS WILL.

Administrator answers:

Even if you earn 5 times the minimum wage you can not afford to live in NYC without a second income. It is not really a problem the federal government can or should solve.

Laura asks…

I am the defendant in a small claims case & I need legal advice !?

My ex has filed a small claims case against me on the grounds of loss of property due to negligence and past due bills. We resided in together for approximately 3 & 1/2 years in a NYC apt that we both rented and signed a lease for. Due to physical abuse I acquired a order of protection and he had to vacate the residence the 1st week of Feb 2010. In retaliation he is suing me for unpaid utility bills which were in his name. While residing together we had a verbal agreement to split the cost of living that consisted of splitting the monthly rent and he would be responsible for the the utilities. Due to him being financially irresponsible he did not pay the utilities and they were cut off and he is most likely in collections. He also has not paid January’s rent. He is also trying to sue me for monies he paid sporadically for my child’s daycare which he offered to help with while living together. In addition he is also trying to sue me for items I obtained during the time we resided together. All payments for the items have been made and will continue to me made by me.
I have proof of payments. Does his suit have any legal merit ? Do I have grounds to counter sue ? Can he be held liable for the remainder of the lease or just January’s rent? I would like to know if obtaining a lawyer would be necessary or advised ? I would appreciate any legal advice on this.

Administrator answers:

You can counter sue and you would be wise to calculate the value of your counter suit at the same value as his, you should prevail based upon the facts as you have stated them.~~

Sharon asks…

Slightly Complicated Renter’s Rights Question:

I signed a 12 month lease beginning 4/1/07. The lease terminated, but w/out any oral agreement or anything, I continued to send rent checks and continued to live in the apt. a 1br in NYC.

On May 1, 2008, I was admitted to hospital, and stayed through 6/28/08.

On June 14, 2008, landlord was notfied via family member that i would be vacating. I paid full June rent. The landlord was not able to show the apartment b/c she was not able to reach me to ask permission. however, while she tried to contact me at work, and via other ways, she did NOT try my cell phone for some amazing unkown reason.

there were other damages, whcih i’m fine w/the associated deductions. she ended up saying she lost a month b/c she couldn’t show the apt and didn’t get the keys until 7/2/08. i said she should have her own keys. she’s the landlord after all!! i would’ve given permission to show the place of course.

so, w/no contract, was i liable for that last month’s rent? (full july?). she’s holding me accountable, even though i left 7/15/08. her argment is that i couldn’t be reached to give permission. to me, this is bS, since she didn’t even call my cell phone.

she also included medical costs associated w/cleaning lady’s injury gotten in my apt after keys returned. is that crazy or what?

Administrator answers:

I’m not sure her request for rent through July is unreasonable. You might refer to the link below for NY tenant rights. I looked it over quickly and it doesn’t specify what happens in this situation, but there’s good info there and maybe you can find something I missed.

You gave notice on June 14, so your expectation is that you gave 30 days and can move out only paying rent until July 15.

But normally you rent for a full month, and her expectation is probably that she’s renting for full months, so whether you gave notice on June 2, June 14, or June 30, you’re still renting for July – you just gave notice early.

Being month-to-month and without a lease, you’re kind of in an informal situation. You agree that she tried to contact you (although you’re right that she could have tried your cell).

It doesn’t seem like she’s asking for anything outrageous here. I’m sure money is tight, but I don’t think you’ve got legal grounds here. Try making her an offer that you think is fair to split the difference.

That being said, I don’t see any reason she should charge you for the cleaning lady’s injury. I don’t see any way that could be your fault unless you left some kind of booby trap.

Honestly, if I were in your place, I’d pay everything but the cleaning lady’s medical.

Joseph asks…

Question re Real Estate Law/Renter’s Rights

I signed a 12 month lease beginning 4/1/07. The lease terminated, but w/out any oral agreement or anything, I continued to send rent checks and continued to live in the apt. a 1br in NYC.

On May 1, 2008, I was admitted to hospital, and stayed through 6/28/08. On June 14, 2008, landlord was notfied via family member that i would be vacating. I paid full June rent. The landlord was not able to show the apartment b/c she was not able to reach me to ask permission. however, while she tried to contact me at work, and via other ways, she did NOT try my cell phone for some amazing unkown reason.

there were other damages, whcih i’m fine w/the associated deductions. she ended up saying she lost a month b/c she couldn’t show the apt and didn’t get the keys until 7/2/08. i said she should have her own keys. she’s the landlord after all!! i would’ve given permission to show the place of course.

so, w/no contract, was i liable for that last month’s rent? (full july?). she’s holding me accountable, even though i left 7/15/08. her argment is that i couldn’t be reached to give permission. to me, this is bS, since she didn’t even call my cell phone.

she also included medical costs associated w/cleaning lady’s injury gotten in my apt after keys returned. is that crazy or what?

Administrator answers:

You had a month tom month lease. My understanding (a related issue came up for me this year) is that whether or not you owe full months or can give 30 days notice at any time is entirely jurisdiction related and depends on local laws, and perhaps on what the lease says on the topic if anything.

My own attorney and my prior landlord disagreed on the issue, it is still unresolved here in California for me.

In any case, if you are out, and you didn’t pay from 7/15 to 7/31 and you have no security deposit concerns, then don’t worry about it much.

Landlord is probably bluffing – she will not sue you. You owe her nothing about any injuries. Stop taking her calls and she will go away.

I am sure laws are very pro-tenant in NYC – surely there are agencies or mediation boards that you can call up and get solid comforting advice on.

But basically, next time she calls tell her she must only correspond with you in writing and I am sure you won’t hear from her again.

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