Tenant Law Podcast

Welcome to the Tenant Law Podcast, where we talk about new, interesting, and/or important legal cases affecting New York City tenants. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Youtube. There are also a bunch of great blog posts on this page of tenant questions and Tenant Learning Platform instructor’s answers.

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What happens when you live in your store, shop, studio, or business premises in New York City? Can the landlord evict you in a commercial eviction proceeding?

In Episode 22 we discuss how it affects an eviction process when a tenant has a commercial lease for a store, workshop, studio, office, or any kind of business premises, but tenant begins living in the premises with landlord’s knowledge and consent. Listen on Spotify, Apple, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. Links: Today’s

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Housing Court Leverage Tip for Tenants: Landlord can only sue for the monthly rent and that rent must be properly itemized or the case can be dismissed.

In Episode 21 we discuss how an eviction case in New York can be dismissed if the Rent Demand that the tenant is served with: (a) seeks arrears that are not properly itemized; or (b) includes any amounts beyond the monthly rent. Listen on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Links: AK Houses

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You may have rights to an apartment you live in even if you are not the tenant and the lease is not in your name; And what is the difference between a licensee and a squatter?

In Episode 12 we discuss the many situations where a person living in an apartment is not the tenant and the lease is not in that occupant’s name, but nevertheless, the person has rights and is entitled to a very specific notice before an owner may start eviction proceedings. We look at a case that

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Will the Housing Court recognize polyamorous relationships when making decisions about who can succeed to (inherit) a Rent Stabilized apartment?

In Episode 8 we discuss whether the NYC Housing Court will recognize polyamorous relationships when making decisions about who can succeed to (inherit) a Rent Stabilized apartment. Listen on Apple, Spotify, or Google. Here is a link to today’s case. In Episode 6 we also explored succession as a topic. Ask us your questions at

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How do I succeed to (inherit) a Rent Stabilized apartment?

In Episode 6 we discuss how to succeed to (inherit) a Rent Stabilized apartment. We also talk about what happens if you family member is unwilling to testify on your behalf in court. Listen on Apple, Spotify, or Google. There is a DHCR form that the tenant can fill out, that helps establish that you are

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Can I gain leverage in Housing Court if my landlord makes a procedural mistake?

In Episode 3 we discuss a Housing Court case that was dismissed because, although the apartment was located on the second floor of a building, the landlord described the apartment as being on the first floor. This leads us to an interesting Tenant Takeaway about how to turn winning a battle into maybe doing better

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