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Landlords can't demand 'last month's rent,' new 14-day deadline for security deposit return, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
July 12, 2019 - 3:00PM

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This week, our most popular stories were the ones that looked at the impact of the new rent laws on landlords and tenants. Most of the changes affect rent-stabilized tenants, but market-rate renters gained several advantages as well—including a cap on security deposits and a ban on the practice of asking for “last month’s rent.”

Landlords are alarmed, to put it mildly, about what this will do to their ability to maintain buildings.

Here, in full, are the week's top stories:

1) Landlords can't ask for 'last month's rent' plus security deposit, thanks to new rent laws

2) Ask Sam: My landlord has added several riders to my rent-stabilized lease. Is that legal? [sponsored]

3) How NYC’s new rent reforms affect you even if you’re not a stabilized tenant: A blacklist ban, security deposit limit, & more

4) New NYC rent laws require security deposits to be returned in 14 days and landlords are fuming

5) How to break a lease in NYC


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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