Nicholas M. Moccia, P.C.
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Tenants

Protecting The Rights Of
Tenants In New York

With offices on Staten Island, the Law Office of Nicholas M. Moccia, P.C., is committed to helping tenants protect their rights so they can feel secure in their homes. We help both residential and commercial tenants throughout the five boroughs.

What Are My Rights As A Tenant?

As a tenant in New York City, you are entitled to lawful treatment by your landlord and to living conditions that do not threaten your health or safety. This includes the right to not face discrimination, whether during your search for a rental house or while you are a tenant. There are also regulations that govern lease requirements and assist you in getting your security deposit back when you are leaving a rental.

It is important to remember that with these rights come responsibilities. As a tenant, you are expected to obey the terms of your lease, pay your rent on time and honor the rights of other tenants. Under circumstances where it may be appropriate to withhold rent, it is prudent to escrow all monies withheld.

No matter what problem you are having with your landlord, the best way to preserve your rights as a tenant in New York City is to seek representation from an attorney knowledgeable in landlord-tenant law. Contact the Law Office of Nicholas M. Moccia, P.C., at 347-896-5376 to schedule a consultation and begin protecting your interests today.

Breach Of Warranty Of Habitability

All residential leases in New York implicitly contain a "Warranty of Habitability," which means that landlords are expected to provide certain conditions. These conditions include:

  1. That the premises are fit for human habitation
  2. That the condition of the premises is in accord with the property's intended use
  3. That the tenants are not subjected to any conditions endangering their life, health or safety

At the Law Office of Nicholas M. Moccia, P.C., we represent tenants whose landlords have failed to provide these conditions and breached the Warranty of Habitability.

Discrimination By Landlords

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination during the rental, sale or financing of housing. This law protects tenants from discrimination based on their race, gender, national origin, age or disability. If you have faced discrimination by a New York landlord — whether it was during the application process or during your tenancy — we can help you.

Contact A New York Lawyer Protecting Tenants' Rights

To learn more, please contact us at 718-514-6775 to speak with an experienced New York lawyer.