Many New York City tenants are proud and happy pet owners. Perhaps nowhere else in America does one see people who have such loving relationships with their pets as New Yorkers do.
Tenants may keep pets in their apartments unless their lease specifically prohibits it. Landlords, however, often include “no pets” clauses in leases, and will sometimes go to lengths to try to evict a tenant for having a pet.
There is a lot of folklore in New York City about what the law is concerning having cats, dogs and other pets in an apartment. But one thing you may have heard is indeed true: if a NYC landlord has notice that a tenant has a pet, but does not take action for 3 months, the landlord is considered to have waived the right to demand the removal of the pet. Of note, this protection does not apply where the animal causes damage, is a nuisance, or substantially interferes with other tenants’ health and safety.
For many New York City pet owners, the thought of having to get rid of a pet is similar to losing a family member. In the situation where a NYC landlord is seeking to evict you for keeping a pet, it is important to have a New York City tenant lawyer like the Law Offices of Attorney Eric Feinberg, who can effectively represent you against your landlord.