Hello. I have a friend who rented an apartment in a 4 family home in Staten Island NY. The house burned down due to the owner having unlicensed electricians working in a vacant apartment that was being worked on. My friend was told that since he h...
Aside from the good answers you have already received, I'm wondering whether it was a "legal" four family house. I searched the Staten Island Advance's website and could not find any recent house fires that appear to meet the criteria you recited. How long ago did this happen? If it was not too long ago and if the apartment was an "illegal" rental, your friend may have other recourse against the owner.See question
I have a tenant who moved into an apartment in my house on June 15, 2015 on a month to month lease. On July 15th he paid the rent which covered him until August 15th. On July 19 i gave him a letter stating that effective August 19 i would be tak...
You've received some good answers and should now realize that you probably should consider retaining counsel to properly evict this tenant. The money you did not spend on an attorney, who would have properly served a proper termination, will probably be offset by the additional months' rent you're going to add to the list of what he owes. An alternative may be to pay him to leave. Sometimes, a months' rent is all it takes - which may be less than you'd spend on an attorney and certainly less than losing 3 or 4 more months' rent. NOTE, however, if you do this, write your check directly to his next landlord - and never give money to a tenant unless he has already moved out.See question
If a minor uses a e cig only once will he be in trouble (no nicotine)
I did some quick research and can see it's currently illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 and they may not be used within 100 feet of entrances of schools and public buildings. I don't know that it's illegal for a minor to "use" them.See question
Received some checks from GHI for out of network Drs and didn't forward all the money can I be prosecuted for insurance fraud
Essentially, you have failed to pay your doctor, so she can sue you. If she operates like most doctors, she probably had you sign something that said you would promptly turn over any insurance money that you received directly, so it should be an easy case for her to prevail. But, I don't think this amounts to insurance fraud -- unless it was your intent (and she would have to prove that) all along.See question
I'm disputing a late fee assessed by my landlord and I'm wondering if my refusal to pay it could be grounds for eviction? I can't imagine a NYC judge rendering someone homeless over $75. My landlord is super shady and I believe he is lying about r...
Not disagreeing with Attorney Hecht, but practically speaking, just as you won't be evicted for $75, it's not worth pissing-off your landlord further or spending any of your own time or money to even have this brought to court. Pay the $75 and find an alternate means by which to make future payments that you can confirm are timely. Good luck.See question
this was in the staten island mall parking lot.
Yes. I think the Staten Island Mall has authorized NYPD to come in and make their rounds on their otherwise private parking areas.See question
she has lived there for a year and a half. I also want to sell this house.
Mr. Smollens is correct, but I want to elaborate. Because you mention wanting to sell the house, I suspect you want the tenant regardless of her ability to pay you the rent owed. Therefore, Mr. Smollens' latter suggestion (holdover) is probably the route you need to take as opposed to the non-payment route because if the tenant (1) is able, (2) willing, or says she is able or willing to pay the rent - or is willing to apply for aid from social services, you will be stuck with her and the housing court will generally be very liberal with extensions.See question
Once the court establishes that a breach exists and the defects are hazardous to the extent that the tenant was justified in vacating (gas line defective), what amount would the court typically award in damages? Would it be a percentage of the re...
Many factors and not enough info. Commercial or Residential? What were Tenants' damages? Court is not going to set an arbitrary figure and it will depend on what tenant can prove. If rent was paid while the defect existed and the defect was a broken gas line, does that mean there was no gas for a portion of the occupancy? Or is this a smell of gas / fear of explosion type of situation where you literally had to get out immediately? Was the landlord responsible for the damages? Did the landlord fail to correct the damages in a timely fashion? Had he been notified?See question
My ex wife lives in our house with her boyfriend. She lied about paying the mortgage for months when we were still married. So I moved out when we were getting divorced and now we got a letter from lawyers saying it will be foreclosed. We now owe ...
Assuming you signed the note along with the mortgage, the lender can pursue you for any deficiency (shortfall), since you say you owe more than the house will likely sell for at auction. You should really sit with a local attorney to look at and discuss your rights and obligations.See question