In New York City, it is not unusual for industrial and commercial buildings to be illegally converted to residential use as lofts — with or without the owner's consent. New York's "Loft Law" (Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law) provides a mechanism for the legal conversion of these illegal dwellings so they can be safe for residential use. There have been many amendments to the Loft Law, including an expansion of the law's protections for tenants who lived in loft buildings for at least a year in 2008 and 2009.
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., has been working in the unique area of New York loft law since 1982. Managing member Luise A. Barrack is one of the top New York loft law lawyers. Along with member Jason R. Davidson, she gives Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. the ability to handle virtually any loft law issue for New York City building owners.
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. can walk you through the coverage application and represent you during loft legalization hearings before the Board of Standards and Appeals, the New York City Loft Board and the Office of Administrative Tribunals and Hearings. In conjunction with loft legalization, we represent owners in applications for rent increases through which owners pass on the costs of code compliance to loft tenants.
Loft tenants have the right to sell their fixtures or improvements when they vacate their lofts, but they must offer the owner the right of first refusal. Our attorneys can represent you in the valuation of fixtures, as well as any other loft law matter.