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5 common mistakes New York landlords may make with their leases

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Real Estate Law

When landlords rent out properties in New York, they may encounter various challenges. For example, leases are an issue involving many nuances.

Unfortunately, many landlords make mistakes that can lead to legal issues or financial losses.

1. Inadequate lease clauses

Some landlords fail to include important clauses in their leases, leaving them vulnerable to disputes or misunderstandings with tenants. For instance, omitting clauses regarding pet policies or subletting permissions can lead to disagreements down the line.

2. Neglecting legal requirements

New York has specific laws and regulations governing rental properties. Landlords need to follow these requirements regarding lease terms, security deposits and eviction procedures.

3. Not providing clear renewal terms

Landlords may overlook the importance of clearly outlining lease renewal terms in the initial lease agreement. Clear provisions regarding lease renewal options, procedures and potential rent adjustments are necessary. Otherwise, both landlords and tenants can face uncertainty and disputes when the lease term expires. Clarity helps with smoother transitions.

4. Ignoring rent increase procedures

Landlords may sometimes overlook or mishandle procedures for rent increases. New York has specific guidelines regarding rent increase notifications and limits on the frequency and amount of rent hikes. Landlords must follow these regulations and provide tenants with proper notice of any rent adjustments.

5. Overlooking maintenance obligations

Maintaining rental properties is a fundamental responsibility of landlords. Some landlords may neglect necessary repairs or maintenance tasks, leading to deteriorating property conditions and tenant dissatisfaction. Regular maintenance preserves the value of the property and fosters positive relationships with tenants, promoting tenant retention and satisfaction.

By avoiding common mistakes, landlords can protect their interests effectively.