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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interpret or enforce housing laws. Since housing laws are
complex and often contradictory, it is recommended the reader
obtain competent legal advice from a tenant attorney or
counseling from a tenant association or community group.
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