Landlord / Tenant

When a person owns a piece of real estate, whether it is a residential home, an apartment building, or commercial real estate, they often choose not the occupy it themselves, but rather rent it out to a person or business that needs to use it but does not want to commit to ownership. Regardless of whether the agreement is for residential or commercial property, it is essential to have an excellent real estate attorney to assure that they adhere to all necessary details. In the New York metropolitan area, The Law Office of Matthew K. Tannenbaum is available to both draw and review both commercial and residential leases and assist Landlords in nonpayment and holdover proceedings.

Who is Attorney Matthew K. Tannenbaum?

Since 2010, Attorney Matthew K. Tannenbaum has led his solo practice where he concentrates in real estate and related legal matters. His overall experience stretches much further. Matthew Tannenbaum was first admitted to the bar 22 years ago and has practiced in many different legal areas and has worked in firms as an associate, a partner, and a solo practitioner.

During ten of those years, Matthew Tannenbaum was a General Law Practitioner, where he practiced many different areas of law including bankruptcy, personal injury, real estate, traffic issues and more. Out of that experience, he developed a clear preference for landlord/tenant and real estate law and in his solo practice, these are the areas in which he focuses.

Residential Landlords in New York City

In New York, renting property is common, and for this to happen the property owner serves as their landlord. When everything goes right, tenants follow all the terms of the lease, including paying the rent on time each month and giving the agreed upon notice before vacating the property. When this doesn’t happen, it may be necessary for a landlord to evict a renter or take legal action to collect unpaid rent and fees.

When it comes to eviction, the two most common types of cases have to do with either non-payment or a holdover.

Non-Payment of Rent

Non-payment means that the tenant has stopped paying their rent.  While the tenant may believe that they have a reason to withhold payment of rent, a lease is a legal and binding document which stipulates what must be paid for rent.  Regardless of their reason, if a tenant does not pay their rent, you have a legal right to remove the tenant from your property.


The second area is called a holdover.  A holdover is when a tenant has not left the property at the end of the lease period.  As a landlord, if the tenant stays after their lease, but pays the rent, and you accept payment, there is an implied month-to-month lease.  If the tenant does not pay the rent, or if you have informed the tenant that you would like them to vacate the property and you have not accepted rent, even if they attempted to pay, you might begin eviction proceedings.

For those who have rented properties in Suffolk County or Nassau County, Attorney Matthew K. Tannenbaum can help collect what is due and address any disputes that the tenant might have.

Commercial Rentals in Suffolk County and Nassau County

Running a business in the counties on Long Island often means renting commercial space to do so. Like tenants that rent their home, commercial tenants are required to pay their landlord an agreed upon rent, and landlords are responsible for maintenance of the building itself. When the building is not taken care of, the business runs the risk of violating safety codes, inconveniencing customers, and may ultimately lose the business income required to pay their rent.

In different situations, responsibility could lie with either the tenant or the landlord — or some of each. In handling commercial rental disputes, Matthew Tannenbaum takes the time to thoroughly examine both his client’s point of view and that of the opposition. Since he takes on cases from both sides, Tannenbaum can spot valid arguments and help clients negotiate appropriate settlements that fit the circumstances.

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