On-Demand Webinar: Accessing Tenants’ Apartments: How to Avoid Legal Trouble

1-Hour Webinar: Accessing Tenants’ Apartments: How to Avoid Legal Trouble

  • Originally Recorded: December 12, 2018
  • Speaker: Attorney Michelle Maratto Itkowitz of Itkowitz PLLC
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From time to time you may need access to a tenant’s apartment – for routine repairs, major renovation, or even serious emergencies. But if you don’t follow the rules for gaining access, you could risk a costly dispute with the tenant, penalties for ongoing housing maintenance or building code violations, or worsening conditions that affect other tenants.
In this one-hour webinar, attorney Michelle Maratto Itkowitz of Itkowitz PLLC discusses how to comply with all legal requirements when seeking access to tenants’ apartments.


You’ll learn:

  • When you can seek access – for repairs, inspections, construction/renovation, and emergencies
  • What notice you must give tenants
  • What to do when a tenant denies you access
  • How to assess the validity of tenants’ reasons for denying access, like “I’ll do the repairs myself and bill you,” or “I need to see the contractor’s license.”
  • How a lease provision can make access more difficult
  • How to handle access associated with DHCR inspections and court proceedings
  • Tips for documenting attempts to gain access to an apartment


This presentation is geared to:

  • Owners of NYC apartment buildings
  • Managers of NYC apartment buildings
  • Leasing agents
  • Attorneys and other rental property advisors


About the Speaker

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz is the owner and founder of Itkowitz PLLC and has been practicing landlord and tenant litigation (both complex-residential and commercial) in the City of New York for over 20 years. She has represented clients in matters involving rent stabilization; sublet, assignment, and short-term leasing; emotional support animals in no-pets buildings; and co-living.

Michelle publishes and speaks frequently on landlord-tenant law. She has written or given presentations for LandlordsNY, Lawline.com, Lorman Education Services, Rossedale CLE, The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, The Long Island Chapter of the National Appraisal Institute, The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Thompson Reuters, The Cooperator, and Argo University.


Please Note: The information contained in this webinar is provided by Vendome Real Estate Media and is intended for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice or as an offer to perform legal services on any subject matter.