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Bstefans1, Home Owner in Astoria, NY

Where do I find the best lease template for a landlord in New York for residential apartments (more than 4 units)?

Asked by Bstefans1, Astoria, NY Mon Jan 16, 2012

I need to give my tenants new leases (renewals) and I was using very outdated and "bad" leases that don't do nearly enough to protect me. I want to use a new lease that includes more assurance for myself and will stand up well in court should problems arise. I want to rewrite these leases using the new template and provisions for my tenants when they want to renew instead of continuing with the old lease templates.

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Robbie Vaughn’s answer
You can find them all over the internet, but I suggest you consult with a landlord-tenant attorney. Ask what the owner of a building with 4 or more units must do differently than an owner of a 3 unit bldg. If they don't know....get a different attny. Good luck.
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In order to best protect yourself, it's in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate. If you need recommendations, feel free to contact me directly.
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As a Realtor and an Astoria landlord myself, use an attorney to draw up your leases.

Realtors are NEVER to provide leases; it is against our Code.
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Get one from a real estate agent. You want one that includes all the provisions that are required in Astoria--so finding a generic template online won't work. The ones used by agents are also going to be "landlord-friendly."

If you're willing to spend some money, probably the best approach is to have an attorney draft one for you.

Hope that helps.
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