Laws Put into Place to Protect New York City Tenants

Recently a series of tenant protection bills were signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  The laws were designed to protect tenant’s right and are effective as of August 30th, 2017.  

New York City renters, take a moment to read through the items below which highlight the laws put into place:

• Tenants who win harassment cases against their landlord will now have the option to collect compensation from their landlord. 

• When landlords opt to take shortcuts during construction/renovation work they are putting their tenants and the workers on the site at risk for serious injury. A new taskforce will evaluate construction and renovation practices by landlords. Contractors who have worked without proper permits in the past will be placed on a watch list.

• Landlords now must post a “Safe Construction Bill of Rights” in buildings undergoing construction work.

• More penalties and fines will be issued for construction work performed during stop work orders and work performed without proper permits. 

If your landlord’s negligence led to a serious injury or death contact us today. If you were injured on a unsafe construction site at a New York City apartment we may be able to help you seek compensation. 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP