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  • Landlord harassment

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    Landlord harassment is the willing creation, by a landlord or his agents, of conditions that are uncomfortable for one or more tenants in order to induce willing abandonment of a rental contract. Such a strategy is often sought because it avoids costly legal expenses and potential problems with eviction. This kind of activity is common in regions where rent control laws exist, but which do not allow the direct extension of rent-controlled prices from one tenancy to the subsequent tenancy, thus allowing landlords to set higher prices. Landlord harassment carries specific legal penalties in some jurisdictions, but enforcement can be very difficult or even impossible in many circumstances. However, when a crime is committed in the process and motives similar to those described above are subsequently proven in court, then those motives may be considered an aggravating factor in many jurisdictions, thus subjecting the offender(s) to a stiffer sentence.

  • Rent control in New York

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    Rent control in New York is a means of limiting the amount of rent charged on dwellings. Rent control and rent stabilization are two programs used in parts of New York state (and other jurisdictions). In addition to controlling rent, the system also prescribes rights and obligations for tenants and landlords. Each city in the state chooses whether to participate. As of 2007, 51 municipalities participated in the program, including Albany, Buffalo and New York City, where over one million apartments are regulated. Other rent-controlled municipalities include Nassau, Westchester, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Erie Counties. In New York City, rent stabilization applies to all apartments except for certain classes of housing accommodations for so long as they uphold the status that gives them the exemption.

  • Rent regulation

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    tenants rights in New York CityRent regulation is a system of laws, administered by a court or a public authority, which aim to ensure the affordability of housing and tenancies on the rental market for dwellings. Generally, a system of rent regulation involves: Price controls, limits on the rent that a landlord may charge, typically called rent control or rent stabilization Eviction controls: codified standards by which a landlord may terminate a tenancy obligations on the landlord or tenant regarding adequate maintenance of the property a system of oversight and enforcement by an independent regulator and OmbudsmanThe classic objective is to limit the price that would result from the free market.

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