Landlord Representation

New York City has the most complex residential and commercial landlord-tenant laws in the world. Our firm provides a full range of services, assisting its clients in navigating the complexities of these laws. Starting from when a client first considers the purchase of a new property, to taking title, and through to the day-to-day management of that building, the firm dedicates itself to protecting the clients’ interests and financially increasing the value of their investment. The firm strives first to prevent litigation, but when it happens, to pursue it aggressively to meet clients’ goals through favorable settlements, facilitated eviction, and aggressive litigation technique, both in the preparation and in the conduct of trials and appeals.

The collective experience of our team has been responsible for winning landmark decisions in real estate law. Our attorneys have won over a thousand cases in housing court, including over 250 appellate court cases, many at the highest court, The Court of Appeals. In addition to participating in some of the most important landlord-tenant decisions during the past decade, our attorneys have written some 90 books on landlord-tenant law, including encyclopedias and the Housing Court Reporter, a thirty year collection, organization, and analysis of over 50,000 landlord-tenant cases used by most regular housing court practitioners and all landlord-tenant judges.

Our ability to obtain successful trial or settlement results is unmatched. Media outlets have named our attorneys among “the best real estate attorneys in New York”, hailing our “prominent real estate attorneys” as “aggressive, tenacious and smart.”

  • Landlord Wins Jury Trial Over Succession Claim and then Judge Tosses Verdict; Appellate Term Comes to the Rescue and Affirms Jury Verdict and Eviction
  • New Law Created by Real Estate Law Firm, Evicting Long Term Nuisance Tenant
  • The Eviction of A Night Club: Using Aggressive Lawyering, Creative Legal Theories, and Impressive Evidence Results in Lease Surrender, Money Judgment, and Payment of Legal Fees
  • Thanks to The Beatles, Real Estate Law Firm Uses Aggressive and Creative Tactic to Recover Money Judgment for Landlord
  • Chinatown Landowners Keep Their Property Despite Two Purported Written Contracts Of Sale
  • Court Rules Client’s Security Measures Were Appropriate Under Circumstances
  • Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC Wins Non-Traditional Family Succession Trial for Landlord
  • Representing an Out-of-State Bank after Foreclosure, Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC Evicts All Occupants and Successfully Defends Bank against HPD’s Aggressive Enforcement Litigation
  • After Several-Year Investigation, Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC Successfully Brings and Settles Non-Primary Residence Case Against Long-Term Rent Controlled Tenant
  • Getting a Dog Into a No-Pet Building
  • Case of First Impression Secured As the First Landlord to be Awarded Attorney Fees Under the Tenant Anti-Harassment Act
  • Despite Substantial Documentation Showing a NYC Address, Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC Proves Rent Controlled Tenant’s Primary Residence Is in Puerto Rico and Secures Return of the Apartment for the Landlord
  • Court Finds Building Not Subject to Rent Stabilization Based on Photographic Evidence Showing Substantial Renovations Had Been Performed
  • Landlord-Tenant—Succession—Income Affidavit Is Not Conclusive Evidence
  • Default Clauses: Better Drafting Can Forestall Problems
  • How to Win A Chronic Nonpayment Case
  • Using a License Agreement Instead of a Lease
  • Commercial Property: Landlords May Entirely Eliminate Leasing
  • Leasing Dinosaurs
  • Carolyn Rualo Named as a New York Law Journal Trailblazer
  • Bye-Bye ‘Yellowstone’?
  • The Newest New York City Real Estate Laws That Property Owners and Occupants Must Know
  • Expanded Memorandum to Clients Regarding New Landlord-Tenant Legislation (Chapters 36 and 39)
  • ‘Altman’ Alters Vacancy Deregulation
  • New Rent Laws Abrogate No-Mitigation Rule in Residential Leases
  • The Current State of Attorneys Fees