NY Bill Would Bar Landlords From Charging Legal Fees

Law360, New York (November 20, 2013, 4:17 PM EST) -- A New York Assemblyman from the Bronx introduced legislation Wednesday to ban landlords from tacking legal fees onto tenants' rent bills without either prior contractual approval or a court order, a measure the sponsor says is necessary to check an expansion of surcharges driving up New York City rents.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz's new bill is one of four designed to check a practice by which he says regular rent increases — which already outpace inflation — are augmented by greedy landlords. Often, he said, legal fees will be added to bills sent to tenants after they become late on the rent...

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