New York Basic Tenant Rights

Many tenants' rights handbooks have been written over the years, most with the intention to summarize for tenants their legal rights and suggest ways to solve problems. Former NYS State Senator Manfred Ohrenstein published the RENTERS HANDBOOK and is a good example with which to start. The New York State Attorney General's Office has issued several handbooks: TENANT'S RIGHTS and separate booklets covering Co-Ops and Condominiums. Be aware of each booklet's publication date as the various rent laws often change.

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