Meet your instructor…
Until we go viral and can hire more teachers, I am your instructor here on the Tenant Learning Platform, Michelle Itkowitz. I am also the founder of TLP.
I have been a landlord and tenant litigator in NYC for over twenty years. I represent tenants and landlords in residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.
I have always marketed my law practice via content marketing – I never advertise. I write articles about landlord and tenant law in the City of New York and get them out there any way I can. In 2017 and 2018, I had 21 speaking engagements on landlord and tenant law; 14 of those lectures were accredited Continuing Education classes where I taught other lawyers and appraisers about landlord and tenant law in New York City.
Because I have so much content out there, hundreds of residential tenants started finding me and I realized how desperately tenants need accurate and actionable information about their legal rights. In particular, it struck me that many people didn’t so much need a lawyer to get them out of trouble, as they needed good information to keep them out of trouble. But to stay out of trouble, you need the right information. And the right information isn’t always a short or simple story in a City of almost 9 million people.
I have a very small law firm and cannot be everyone’s lawyer. Via the Tenant Learning Platform, however, maybe I can be many people’s teacher. Using TLP, I can teach tenants, just as I teach lawyers and real estate professionals. In fact, the TLP classes that I have created on this platform are much more in-depth than anything I have taught to any other group or organization.
Because I am a lawyer, and also the founder of my eponymous law firm, I am ethically obliged to say that this is legal advertising. But…this isn’t really legal advertising. If it is legal advertising, it’s terrible – because I am begging you NOT to contact me! In fact, there is no contact information for me anywhere on the TLP site! If you wish to contact TLP with general questions or comments (not questions about your particular legal situation) then use this email [email protected].
Students and potential students of the Tenant Learning Platform – please do NOT contact Michelle Itkowitz directly. I am not saying that to be mean. I need to prove (or disprove) my business hypothesis that I can teach people to solve the specific problems I present classes on WITHOUT any direct communication between the student and me. So, if you complete one of our classes, please fill out the class evaluation. Your feedback is precious to us.
Hey, I am trying something new here, and hopefully it will help some New Yorkers and I will at least make my investment back. People take online classes to learn to code, to learn to decorate cakes, to learn to take better digital photographs, or to learn to perfect their yoga hand mudras. You can take an online class for almost anything these days. Why not take a class that helps you learn about your rights and responsibilities in a specific area concerning your apartment?
Look, NYC Tenants – the law belongs to you. This is your city and these are your laws. Your ownership of the law, however, is only as great as your understanding of the law. So, let’s start our journey together …to learn, to live better!