"I hired Nick Moccia to help me and my family with difficult, not to say absurd, situation that developed at building where I rented an apartment at the time. Without going in too much details about the case here, I can say that Nick walked me very patiently through each step of the process, explaining it thoroughly, as it is my first law suite ever, I was getting little impatient at times, though Nick has been always very professional, always offered a good advice and thanks to him I re-developed the confidence that there's actually Justice for All in this country. I would recommend Nicholas Moccia as an attorney to anyone."
- Michael L.
Securing Your Rights
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.
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:
That the premises are fit for human habitation
That the condition of the premises is in accord with the property's intended use
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.
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.