New York City Breach of Lease Attorney

Commercial Leasing Lawyer in Manhattan

Throughout Manhattan, circumstances change for people as the economy shifts and other events occur. Sometimes some of these situations give rise for a breach of a lease to occur. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant in a commercial or residential building, you need knowledgeable, respected counsel to help you protect and assert your legal rights when a breach of lease occurs.

With almost 50 years of landlord/tenant litigation experience, attorney Michael Mantell has handled all types of breach of lease cases throughout New York City. He understands how to dissect the details of a situation in order to ascertain the best way to handle a matter and resolve a dispute quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively.

Many breach of lease cases are extremely fact specific. A tenant's only obligation to a landlord is to pay the agreed upon amount of rent. However, a residential landlord has numerous obligations to a tenant such as maintaining a peaceful premises where a tenant can take advantage of an environment that allows for quiet enjoyment. There are also standards articulated by statute that establish a landlord's duty to provide a safe and secure dwelling that is habitable.

If a landlord fails to fulfill these duties a breach of a lease can occur and the tenant can withhold rent. You can also take a landlord to court to force violations to be placed on a landlord for not complying with the law. However, some reasons to breach a landlord/tenant lease lawsuit are not a valid defense, such as the decision to purchase a home or a job transfer.

In commercial leasing, the only requirement that a landlord must fulfill is that the space promised is delivered, unless something else specific has been promised. There is no obligation of habitability and if something goes wrong the tenant is still liable for the rent. You may be able to sue for damages, but you cannot deprive the landlord of rent unless you are deprived of the right to use the space.

Whether you are a landlord who is pursuing a tenant for breaking a lease and eviction or you are defending a break of lease action being brought by a tenant, our firm can help you. Michael Mantell also helps tenants assert their rights and provide valid reasons for breaking a lease.

Mr. Mantell has a long track record of success of highly favorable results for hundreds of landlords and tenants at every level of the New York State court system, including the Court of Appeals. To learn more about how he can help you, contact the Manhattan law office of Michael Mantell by calling (212) 750-3896.