New York Standard Residential Lease Agreement

The New York Residential Lease Agreement is a contract that covers the rights and obligations of tenant(s) who will be living in a rented apartment or other residential property, and the landlord or property owner who drafted the agreement. Understanding New York’s rental laws, as well as limits on what landlords can and cannot do, is essential for avoiding conflict and / or legal trouble during the lease term. To start, there is no limited amount to what can be charged for a security deposit, there is no required amount of notice before a landlord can enter a rental (although some sort of notice should be given), and landlords can up the rent without notice (so long as it is at the end of the lease term). For a more detailed picture of leasing in New York, check out the Tenant’s Rights Guide.

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