Law Office of Jeffrey W. Johnson
Law Office of Jeffrey W. Johnson
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Person giving a key to another person seated at a deskThe Time Maze Of Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution

The time it takes to resolve landlord-tenant disputes is contingent on various factors and details specific to a particular case. Generally, non-payment cases tend to unfold more quickly than others, often wrapping up within six months, although timelines can vary substantially.

In contrast, the timeline in which holdover cases tend to resolve is markedly more protracted. The variability of these cases hinges on various things, such as rent payment consistency and the absence of tenant-induced nuisances. If a tenant continues to pay rent and avoids disruptive behavior, the process of evicting them can extend well beyond a year. When all is said and done, from the initiation of a holdover case through the tenant’s allotted time to vacate, concluding a case can take up to 18 months. This is partly because New York State does not want to have people be homeless, if at all possible.

Resources For Seeking Justice Beyond A Housing Court Decision

The reality of an unjust housing court decision is not far-fetched. Knowing what to do when you believe you’ve been on the receiving end of one is critical. Although there are several different avenues in which you can appeal the decision, doing so can be fraught with complexity and cost, demanding your utmost consideration.

In New York City, you can bring appeals to the Appellate Term, a division of the Appellate Division. This body is entrusted with handling appeals specifically related to landlord-tenant and civil court matters. If you decide to appeal a decision the housing court ruled, you have a very limited window in which you can – 30 days. The process is a labyrinthine journey, especially difficult to manage on your own without a lawyer, long, and expensive, costing thousands upon thousands of dollars. Because of these realities, appeals are generally not pursued.

In scenarios where a party is represented by a free lawyer, such as Legal Aid, the aid may opt to undertake an appeal with the strategic intent of setting new legal precedents and contributing to the improvement and progression of New York housing law. In infrequent instances, tenants may obtain a stay of eviction during the appeal process.

Housing courts in New York can be an excellent place to learn more about the court. There are information tables in all the housing courts, and you can also speak to people for free at any of them. These people are usually social workers with vast knowledge of the housing system in New York City. The New York City Housing Court website is another treasure trove of information, with a section designed specifically for people not represented by a lawyer. Tenants have access to free lawyers who can give them information on the housing court process.

Moving Forward

Housing court is challenging and demanding, whether you are a landlord safeguarding your property or a tenant facing potential homelessness. As you contemplate your next steps, deeply consider the value of experienced representation.

Housing court proceedings require a keen understanding of its very niche legal landscape. For landlords, adherence to specific rules is necessary to avoid case dismissals. Tenants confronting the daunting prospect of homelessness require diligent protection of their rights. In such situations, an experienced and skilled lawyer can provide invaluable support, ensuring that every procedural nuance is addressed comprehensively without the risk of making seemingly inconsequential clerical errors that flip your case on its head.

With an extensive track record spanning nearly three decades, I bring a wealth of experience to housing court matters. This longevity underscores my deep understanding of the nuances relevant to landlord-tenant disputes. My commitment extends beyond mere case management; it encompasses personalized attention, striving to prioritize quality over quantity.

Unlike practices overwhelmed by a high number of cases, my firm adopts a deliberate approach that only takes on what we can dedicate the proper time and attention to. This client-centered approach allows more to be invested in each case, allowing for a higher chance of success and a better experience for our clients.

Choosing legal representation can make or break your case and significantly affect the rest of your life. My firm stands out as a beacon of commitment to guide you through the legal process with unwavering dedication and steer you toward the resolution of your landlord-tenant dispute.

For more information on Resolution Of Landlord Tenant Disputes, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (718) 557-9767 today.

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