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Bruno Patrick Bianchi

Bruno Bianchi’s Answers

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  • What case could I have?

    I got caught up with some legal trouble at my apartment complex. I commited a crime on the property. Upon finding out, my landlord got directly in my face, screamed at me, and then physically assaulted me, even though the crime had nothing to do w...

    Bruno’s Answer

    Please see my answer to your previous question.

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  • Should I sue my landlord for putting his hands on me?

    I ran into some trouble with the law, and despite him having nothing to do with it other than being on his property, my landlord became EXTREMELY upset and angry towards me and put his hands on me. The police officer that was there suggested that ...

    Bruno’s Answer

    The first thing you should do is file a criminal complaint against your landlord and seek to obtain an order of protection against him. Fear of physical harm by the landlord is a good ground to vacate the apartment prior to the end of the lease. You must, however, document the violent event in order to have proof to support your defense if the landlord sues you for unpaid rent due under the lease after you vacated. You should consult a local attorney for assistance in this matter.

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  • Can I not pay my last month of rent in asking for my security deposit after my lease ends?

    Myself and three others have our names on an apartment lease in New York which is ending on August 31st. We each pay our portion of the rent separately to the landlord using a website. I have a feeling that one or two of my roommates will not ...

    Bruno’s Answer

    Each of the three persons named on the lease can be liable for the entire rent each month. If one of your roommates fails to pay her portion of the last month's rent, the landlord can seek to recover that money from any of the three co-tenants. A security deposit is supposed to be held to protect a landlord for damages that may exit in the apartment after the tenant vacates. The landlord is not supposed to apply the security deposit to rent due at the end of the lease term. You may, however, enter into an agreement with your landlord to apply the security deposit against the last month's rent. If you enter into such an agreement you should make sure that it is in writing.

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  • Can I sue the police

    My sister was evicting a guy who rented a room in the same apartment I was renting a room in, the first time the guy was suppose to show up in court he sent documents stating he would be out the country, on that same day when he was to be in court...

    Bruno’s Answer

    You should discuss this matter with the attorney representing you in the criminal case. You should also consider filing a criminal complaint against your roommate because he has been threatening you and see if you can obtain an order of protection against him.

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  • Can I be sued?

    My friend is a landlord. He recently evicted a tenant on a void warrant. He had a holdover action and then a nonpayment action where he accepted rent from the tenant then did the eviction. The sheriff broke through the door and my friend who asked...

    Bruno’s Answer

    It is very possible that you may be sued. The tenant will perceive you as a participant, rather than a spectator, at the eviction. You should consult an attorney confidentially to discuss all of the details of this matter.

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  • In a civil lawsuit if the plaintiff withdrew before trial can the defendant continue their counterclaim? Costs owed by action?

    I am a pro se and the defendant in a civil lawsuit case. In a recent pretrial hearing the plaintiffs withdrew their case. I believe this action is called a notice of discontinuance. I have a counterclaim but did not know if I was still able to go ...

    Bruno’s Answer

    You should have asked the judge to allow you to proceed with your counterclaim when the plaintiff withdrew its case at the pre-trial hearing. Since you did not do so, the court will probably not allow you to do so at this time. You should file a new lawsuit against the plaintiff -- seeking to recover the amount stated in your counterclaim. Usually, courts in New York will not award costs to a defendant when a plaintiff withdraws a case.

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  • Can volunteers of America housing tell someone not on the lease to leave within 24 hours?

    I have a friend who was married, living with her husband in an apartment run by volunteers of America. The apartment itself is a regular building with a contract with volunteers of America. The person was living there for several years, signed a f...

    Bruno’s Answer

    Under New York state law your friend's husband has an absolute right to have his spouse and children live with him. Volunteers of America has no right to try to evict them. If VOA tries to lock them out they should immediately go to the Brooklyn Housing Court and file a petition against VOA stating that they have been illegally locked out of the apartment. If VOA tries to evict them by terminating the husband's lease and then starting a proceeding called a Holdover in Housing Court, your friend and her husband should seek assistance from Legal Aid or Legal Services.

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  • Can a transmission shop charge me for work done that hasn't fixed the problem?

    Hi , I was having what appeared to be transmission trouble. I took it to a mechanic who removed the transmission and diagnosed the vehicle as having a faulty transmission that needed replacement. I wanted to make sure so I then took the transmissi...

    Bruno’s Answer

    You should consider taking your car to a different shop to have your new transmission installed. Unfortunately, there is no way you can compel the repair shop to install a transmission you purchased independently. The shop is entitled to charge you for work it actually did on your car. If you encounter any further problems with the shop you should file a complaint with the Westchester Consumer Protection Agency. You can find the contact information for that agency at the link below:

    http://consumer.westchestergov.com/

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  • Do I have a case?

    my boyfriend was shot in front of and inside of our apartment building. Our building we found out after the shooting has no video cameras nor are they apart of the ftap program which is a program that is set up by the landlord to have NYPD canvass...

    Bruno’s Answer

    In addition to consulting with a personal injury lawyer as Mr. Treiman has suggested, you can request for your landlord to release you from your lease if you feel unsafe in the building. Unfortunately, you have no legal right to compel your landlord to move you to a different building.

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  • If I am being severly harassed by my landlord to the point where he is taking out appliances and putting a new lock on the storm

    If I am being severely harassed by my landlord to the point where he is taking out appliances and putting a new lock on the storm door so I can't enter, and much more, am I able to sue him for landlord harassment in Civil Court? Thank you

    Bruno’s Answer

    You can go to the District Court in Ronkonkoma and bring an illegal lockout proceeding against your landlord if he has changed a lock to your door and refuses to provide you with a copy.

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