Landlord rights  will be explained at my “How to Survive Legally as a New York Landlord” seminar on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Hyatt Place Buffalo, 5020 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 .

Drawing on thirty-eight years of experience representing landlords, I will explain how to successfully screen tenants without discriminating, purchase rental property,  draft leases, quickly evict bad  tenants and collect judgments.  

Default notices, notices of petition and petitions are often incorrectly prepared, served and filed, especially with Section Eight tenants.  Landlords fail to protect themselves with key lease provisions.

Landlords are not taking advantage of Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and other asset protection strategies.

Landlords need to know what to do in the event a tenant dies or is arrested for drug-dealing.

Learn about the twenty-one most common legal mistakes that landlords and their attorneys make.  Landlords often make costly mistakes by failing to:

  1. Use rental applications to screen tenants.
  2. Use criminal/credit/tenant screening
  3. Use move-in/move-out checklists.
  4. Obtain payment of the security deposit and rent and tenant’s signature on the lease before giving the keys to the tenant.
  5. Include attorney’s fees, late fees and added rent provisions in the lease.
  6. Provide the lead-based paint disclosure form and booklet to warn tenants of the dangers of lead paint in properties built before 1978.
  7. Include a drug-free rider in the lease.
  8. Require guarantors to sign if the tenants have bad credit or no employment history.
  9. Require renter’s insurance.
  10. Use LLCs for asset protection.
  11. Properly prepare and serve default notices.
  12. Properly prepare, serve and file the eviction notice of petition and petition.
  13. Comply with Section 8  requirements for preparation and service of eviction papers.
  14. Obtain and collect money judgments for unpaid rent and damages.
  15. Comply with City of Buffalo and Niagara Falls rental registry requirements.
  16. Give rent receipts for payment by cash or money order containing the date, the amount, the identity of the premises, period for which paid and the signature and title of the person receiving the rent.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, landlords should not:
  17.  Allow tenants to perform repairs in exchange for rent.
  18. Accept rent after serving default or termination notices.
  19.  Allow unauthorized people to have access to a deceased tenant’s apartment. 
  20. Ignore building code violation notices.
  21. Procrastinate in evicting delinquent or troublesome tenants. Drug -dealing tenants should be immediately evicted to avoid civil forfeiture and fines.

The seminar is free. Call 716-631-9999; email maura@legalsurvival .com or complete the contact form to preregister.