Landlord/Tenant Matters
Criminal Defense & Family Law | New York

Landlord/Tenant Matters


Disputes between tenants and landlords can be frustrating and costly for both parties involved. Oftentimes both parties are not aware of the legal remedies available to them and that is why it is important to get an attorney who can give you a better understanding and guide you through the process. Whether you’re a tenant having a problem with your landlord or a landlord having a problem with a tenant; you need an attorney who can get you the outcome you seek. Ms. Cousins represents both landlords and tenants in residential and commercial proceedings and her experience includes negotiating for lease renewals, any and all landlord/tenant disputes, non-payment proceedings, holdover proceedings, etc.

Landlord/tenant disputes typically arise from disagreement over the general or specific obligation of the landlord or tenant. Most disputes are initiated in Housing Court as either a non-payment proceeding; that is eviction proceedings because the tenant neglected to pay their rent or a holdover proceeding; that is where the landlord wants the tenant out of the premises for reasons other than for the non-payment of rent.

Non-Payment Proceedings

A non payment action is a landlord’s attempt to collect unpaid rent from a tenant. Ms. Cousins’ experience includes helping tenants negotiate payment plans for rent arrears so that they can avoid eviction and continue to live in their apartments, helping landlords obtain judgments of eviction for delinquent tenants and in relevant situations assisting tenants to force landlords to make necessary repairs to their apartments that have not been done in order to make the premises habitable under the definition of the law.

Holdover Proceedings 

A holdover proceeding is brought by a landlord to evict a tenant or a person in the apartment who is not a tenant for reasons other than non-payment of rent. There are different types of holdover proceedings since there are a variety of reasons for which a landlord can maintain a holdover proceeding under the law, i.e. for a specific violation of the lease, continuing to reside in the apartment after the expiration of the lease, based on the landlord’s contentions that the tenant is not using their rent regulated apartment as their primary residence, etc.

If you are tenant facing possible eviction or you are landlord with a problematic tenant. Call the Law Offices of Racquel A. Cousins today at 212-385-0097 for your free consultation so that we can help you move towards a resolution.

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Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday 8:30 - 7:00pm
Fridays 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Successful Outcomes

Felony cases dismissed at Grand Jury
  • People v. D. Francis, 2009
  • People v. L. Parker, 2008
  • People v. J. Lenohan, 2006
Cases reduced from felonies to violations.
  • People v. John G., 2008
  • People v. Andrew W., 2009
Speedy Trial dismissals for Felonies
  • People v. Gary. G, 2007
  • People v. Saeed F., 2009
  • People v. William B., 2009
Won Custody Cases
  • White v. Whittaker, 2006
  • Batroni v. Mesidor, 2007
Got Visitation for Fathers
  • Boyce v. Boyce, 2009
  • Aboubacar v. Clerphon, 2008
Child Support Reductions
  • Delorme v. Delorme, 2009
  • Waite v. Boswell, 2009
Obtained Maintenance for Spouses
  • Layne v. Layne, 2007
Return of child to mother in child abuse proceeding
  • Gelin/Child v. Gelin, 2007