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I’m hoping someone here can help me.

We inherited a tenant when we bought our brownstone and while he has never been super on-time with his rent, he’s been an easy tenant and gets us the money eventually.

At this point, he owes us 4 and a half months rent, which he agreed to pay us today, but since he’s not responding to my emails and texts, my hopes of getting the money are slim.

Full disclosure: he’s currently without a lease, which is probably a terrible idea, but we’re a little disorganized.

If he doesn’t pay, what can I do? Searching the interwebs only yields tenants-rights stuff, nothing for small landlords like me who are stuck with a slacker.

Can I tell him he has to move out? When he doesn’t, what’s my next course of action? We really need the money he owes us, so I’m not really interested in incurring more fees, but I’m sure this will end up costing me more…



I am in the early stages of planning the remodeling a 4 unit brownstone in BedSuy’s historic district. 3 of the units will be rentals and I am trying to figure out the right balance between saving money and making the apts nice. My impression is that there is a sweet spot somewhere between viking/subzero and the cheapest available. I think the location is great and would like to appeal to the high end of who would rent in BedStuy with an eye to the future. My impression also is that kitchens and bathrooms do a lot to rent apts. Any advice, thoughts, links are appreciated.

Our tenant ( she’s on the top floor of our 2-family three story brownstone with not much separation) has a lot of drama in her romantic life. Three times that we know of, it has involved the police or EMT coming into our home to settle matters with her and her boyfriend. The boyfriend is here every night and shares her one and only key. Their arguments are fairly frequent and often involve some physical violence.
She decided she would be moving out as soon as some school or other accepted her and willingly signed a surrender lease agreement so that we could show the apartment and find someone new, but it has been three months, she hasn’t brought up moving again, but we’re sick of living with the drama and would love it if she were to go, whether we get another tenant right away or not. She usually pays her rent within a few days of the 1st. So my question is do we have the right to tell her that she must go by a certain date?

We’ve been landlords for many years, and have always had a strict no pets policy. This has never been a problem in finding tenants. We keep nice apartments, rent a bit below market, and do our best to deal directly with tenants so they can afford a broker fee.

However, our most recent vacancy is sitting open longer than usual, so we’ve signed on with a broker. Broker tells us they’ve had 4 applicants who wanted it at the price we’re listed, but all have pets. She is sure (and so are we) that the price is right. We are wondering if the no pets policy could really be getting in the way.

Note that this is a family sized apartment: 2 beds, 2 baths, washer/dryer, private yard.

Would appreciate thoughts of landlords and renters on three questions:

1. Is a no pets policy really that unusual?

2. If you do accept pets, what safeguards do you put in place to manage the possible problems (damage, disrupting other tenants, etc). Higher deposit? Case-by-case, so you meet the pet first?

3. Do that many people really have pets, or is this a function of the fact that this particular apartment is family-sized/near the park/etc?

Many thanks.


Hi–I offered my tenant a one-year lease extension at the same rent they paid last year, and they stated that they were under the impression that the tenancy would automatically become a month-to-month since that is what they have done in the past (i.e. under the previous owner). I am not very comfortable with the idea of a month-to-month tenancy. Any advice on how to handle the situation?


Trying to figure out what’s fair before I respond to my tenant (garden level of our brownstone)

– We moved into this house in December and the front door and tenant door both have Multi-Locks (the kind of key that you need a code in order to make a copy).
– The previous owners did not have the code, so we do not have the code and therefore cannot makes spares
– My tenant lost her key last night and wants a new one
– I can give her a key, but there will be no more spares

If any keys are lost in the future, this will mean we’ll have to get two doors rekeyed because no more can be made.

My question is:

Is it fair to give her the key and have her sign an agreement (addendum to the lease) that if this key is lost, she needs to pay for the locks to be rekeyed? Is there another fee that’s fair? Or can someone tell me how to get copies without the code?!?

(No we don’t have anything in the lease right now that discusses lost keys.)


I own a 2 family building , and have had disputes between current tenants. I want to install a security system with remote video monitoring . Does any one know the law and if permits are required to install?



I’d like to ask other lanlords in the PS about their “rent increase polisies”. Here is the cituation: we have tennants in our brownstone, their lease is up in two months, they are paying market price for the app. and good tenants, we would like them to stay. Do you guys advise to increase rents every year for couple of % just as a metter of principal (all the commercial landlords do it)or not to increase it at all sometimes? Our expences (taxes, heating,etc.)rise every year does it mean it’s a good practice to raise rent every year as well? What most small landlords do?