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Tenant Representation

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s aggressive creative lawyering has resulted in many of the most important tenant victories of the 21st century as well as the most trial victories of any tenant law firm in New York City.

These successes have led to the highest honors and awards from the bar and ranking organizations. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is the only landlord-tenant firm with under 30 attorneys that has received an AV® Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers honors, and selection into the Registry of Preeminent Lawyers as well as the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is also the only landlord-tenant law firm in New York City named by Chambers & Partners as New York’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers. Honoring Adam Leitman Bailey, Chambers & Partners described Adam Leitman Bailey as a “tenacious and confident litigator who is quick-witted in court and respected by the judges and an extraordinary practitioner who gets great results.” When quoting a client of Adam Leitman Bailey’s, Chambers noted his “ability to anticipate things before they happen. He has been hired to litigate extremely high-profile cases…sources are highly impressed by his courtroom presence. You feel like you have a zealous advocate out there working for you, and you never worry about things when they are in his hands.”

Real Estate Weekly noted, “Adam Leitman Bailey has made a name for himself with his success winning cases in the courtroom.” The same newspaper called him “famous” for his landlord-tenant representation. The New York Times praised the firm’s “novel” strategy in one case and remarked in another case, where the firm prevailed representing a residential tenant, the firm “fought on… grinding through excruciating detail and obscure Perry Mason moments.” A New York State judge wrote that Adam Leitman Bailey was the “best trial lawyer” he had seen in his nine years as a housing court judge in New York City.

Besides participating in some of the most important landlord-tenant decisions during the past decade, our attorneys have written some 90 books on landlord-tenant law, including encyclopedias and the Housing Court Reporter, a thirty year collection, organization, and analysis of over 50,000 landlord-tenant cases used by most regular housing court practitioners and all landlord-tenant judges. Among the firm’s most victorious cases that have created new law or used creative lawyering to prevail are:

  • Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Creates New Law on Primary Residence Matters

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Creates New Law on Primary Residence Matters

    In this case, one of the largest property-owning families in New York sued our client to take possession of her apartment after she abandoned her home to take care of her sick mother living in California. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. prevailed at trial in addition to winning two appeals at the Appellate Term and Appellate Division. For the firm, Adam Leitman Bailey prevailed at trial and worked with Dov Treiman on the appeals. The firm was awarded attorney fees in the...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Uses Creative Legal Theory to Save Tenant’s Rent-Stabilized Apartment

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Uses Creative Legal Theory to Save Tenant’s Rent-Stabilized Apartment

    After years of an uphill battle against a relentless and aggressive landlord, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., representing the tenant, prevailed in a three-day trial in New York County Civil Court. Judge Halprin, ruling from the bench, declared the tenant victorious, just minutes after the attorneys delivered their closing arguments. It was a long road to victory for the tenant. Years ago, the tenant and her husband, paleontologists with a small business, lived together in a tiny and crammed studio apartment...

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  • Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Saves Tenant’s Home Despite Housing a Zoo in Apartment

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Saves Tenant’s Home Despite Housing a Zoo in Apartment

    The New York Post By: Alex Ginsberg It’s claws for celebration. A Manhattan woman who keeps three dogs and five birds in her Upper West Side apartment won a battle yesterday against her landlords, who said her barnyard-like home was creating a nuisance. “We won,” chirped Jacqueline Bartone, 71, who has lived in the apartment for more than four decades. “I can now sleep soundly and not have any anxiety.” Manhattan Housing Court Judge Peter Wendt ruled in favor of...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Wins Trial Discovering Fraud by Landlord to Thwart Owner’s Use Case

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Wins Trial Discovering Fraud by Landlord to Thwart Owner’s Use Case

    A twenty-five year tenant of an Upper West Side townhouse, together with her husband, is keeping her apartment after a three-year litigation war defending a personal use holdover proceeding brought by her landlord. The crux of the landlords’ claim was that they needed the apartment so that their daughter had somewhere to stay on her occasional visits to the city. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s clients were the only remaining tenants in the townhouse after others died, were either bought out,...

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    Jane Holzer in Landlordland

    Jane Holzer in Landlordland

    The New York Times

    By: Josh Barbanel August 16, 2009 JANE HOLZER has always been a woman of her age. In her youth, when she was known as Baby Jane Holzer, she was a model, actress and protégée of Andy Warhol. Today, she is an art collector and real estate developer with a penchant for buying and renovating luxury town houses. Now she has passed through another New York rite of passage, suffering through a downtown landlord-tenant battle. In this case, Ms. Holzer was...

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  • Despite Family Residing in Brooklyn, Tenant Prevails in Proving That Primary Residence Was Chinatown Apartment

    Despite Family Residing in Brooklyn, Tenant Prevails in Proving That Primary Residence Was Chinatown Apartment

    The landlord sued the tenant claiming that the apartment was not being used as tenant’s primary residence. On paper, the facts could not be much worse for the tenant’s case in his attempt to prove the Chinatown Hester Street apartment was his primary residence. The tenant claimed that he resided in the apartment with his mother who died a few months before the start of the case. The tenant’s family, including his wife and two sons, lived in another unrelated...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey Obtains Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Tenants and Forces Landlord to Repair Building

    Adam Leitman Bailey Obtains Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Tenants and Forces Landlord to Repair Building

    90 Washington Street was described by developers as being a “luxury” and “state-of-the-art” complex with amenities that included a brand new gym, a driving range on the roof, 24-hour concierge, and gourmet kitchens and baths. This description attracted a group of mostly twenty-something young professionals who were looking to take advantage of what was billed as “affordable luxury.” When they arrived, however, they found the building to be anything but. Many tenants were initially turned away from the building on...

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