When a corporate landlord sought Adam Leitman Bailey P.C.’s help to bring his five Brooklyn buildings into profitability, the attorneys at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. vigorously defended the landlord and prevailed in all cases, most without costly court litigation.
These cases demonstrate the benefit of attorney dedication and aggressive strategy to secure speedy results for the client without the use of costly litigation.
The landlord purchased five Brooklyn buildings with severe challenges. The tenants formed an active tenant association claiming multiple major HPD issues. The tenants claimed lack of heat, cracking ceiling and walls, falling ceilings, rodent infestation, leaks, flooding, and lack of hot water to name a few. The tenants were stoking the fires of unrest with press releases and public marches with government officials. Not only were the tenants up in arms over the supposed HPD issues and reporting violations, but the tenants did not have proper lease renewals and most were severely in arrears. The owners were frustrated and did not know how to begin to bring the buildings into compliance and to ensure happiness among the tenants.
The attorneys at Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. stepped in and quelled the unrest. First we reached out to the tenants’ attorneys and tirelessly negotiated each item on the tenants repair list, arranged urgent repairs, access dates, investigation dates, and repair dates for all tenants claiming repair issues and violations. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. worked diligently with the landlord to correct repair issues and clear up violations. Tenants were satisfied and grateful for the landlord’s new attention to detail.
When all repair issues were satisfied, tenants were still severely behind in arrears. Without proper lease renewals, not only was the landlord unable to obtain proper rent increases, but they were unable to collect on arrears. The answer was to engage the opposition and negotiate a deal which minimized the litigation and resulted in a functional portfolio. Therefore, instead of bringing unnecessary litigation, Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. worked diligently with the tenants’ attorneys and successfully fought to have all tenants, throughout all five buildings, sign proper lease renewals, allowing dialogue, negotiation and then pay all arrears owed.
After negotiations with opposing counsel, out of five buildings, only seven tenants were actually brought to court for nonpayment of rent.
Jamie Schare Friedland and Christopher Halligan represented the client. Adam Leitman Bailey handled the negotiations with governmental officials and killed any negative publicity from any media source.