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June 13, 2018 - Michelle Itkowitz Speaking at the Long Island Chapter of the Appraisal Institute

Michelle will be speaking at the Long Island Chapter of the Appraisal Institute on June 13, 2018, on how Rent Stabilization Coverage Issues Affect Value in Multi-Family Transactions.

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The Housing Court Study

In 2018, Michelle Itkowitz is conducting a study of all published NYC Housing Court Decisions. Look for more details to be published in the end of 2018.

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December 13, 2017 - Michelle Itkowitz Spoke at LandlordsNY on "Co-Living Defined and Dissected - What it is. What it isn’t. How it’s good for tenants. How it’s good for landlords..."

On December 13, 2017Michelle Itkowitz presented to the LandlordsNY 2017 Winter Property Management Symposium at New World Stages. Michelle's topic this time was, "Co-Living Defined and Dissected - What it is. What it isn’t. How it’s good for tenants. How it’s good for landlords. And what its limits are." Here is a link to some of the materials. 





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December 1, 2017 -- Michelle Maratto Itkowitz Taught CLE for Lorman Education on Short-Term Illegal Sublets in NY Multi-Family Buildings

On December 1, 2017, Michelle Itkowitz taught a Live Webinar Continuing Legal Education program for Lorman Education Services entitled: "Short-Term Illegal Sublets in NY Multi-Family Buildings".  Here is a link to a sample of the materials from that program

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November 30, 2017 -- Michelle Itkowitz Taught a CLE to the NYSBA Commercial Leasing Committee

On November 30, 2017, Michelle Itkowitz was honored to teach a continuing legal education class to the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee. The presentation was entitled, "A DAY (OR TWO) IN THE LIFE OF A COMMERCIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT LITIGATOR, 'I drafted a commercial lease. The tenant defaulted. I wonder what happens when my lease gets litigated…'" Here is a link to some of the material.

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November 20, 2017 -- Michelle Quoted in Above the Law about the, "Top Five Technologies Attorneys Are Most Thankful For..."

On November 20, 2017, Michelle was quoted in Above the Law in an article about the, "Top Five Technologies Attorneys Are Most Thankful For..." Here's a snip-it:

While not unique to the legal industry, the ability to maintain a paperless office is certainly a coup for practicing attorneys.  Gone are the days of giant file rooms, expensive off-site document maintenance, and (gasp!) having to actually sign and mail documents...Michelle Itkowitz notes that the paperless office has myriad advantages.  “It reduces rent, reduces mistakes, and makes work quicker. Lawyers should all be paperless!”



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November 1, 2017 -- Michelle Itkowitz Taught CLE for Lorman - Current Issues in Apartment Overcrowding and Illegal Occupancies

On November 1, 2017, Michelle Maratto Itkowitz taught a Continuing Legal Education class for Lorman entitled, "Current Issues in Apartment Overcrowding and Illegal Occupancies"

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October 25, 2017 -- Michelle Itkowitz Quoted in Brick Underground on Keyfobs

On October 25, 2017, Michelle Maratto Itkowitz was quoted in Brick Underground on key fobs"K​​​ey fobs are not practically so helpful in a non-prime if not lined up with camera data," landlord-tenant attorney Michelle Itkowitz of the firm Itkowitz PLLC told Brick in an email, stressing that tenant representation makes up a large part of her practice. "Because you can just hand the fob to someone else."

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September 2017 -- Michelle Itkowitz Updated and Re-Recorded a 7-Part CLE Series for Lawline, "Landlord and Tenant Litigation in New York"

Michelle Itkowitz is updated and re-recording a 7-Part continuing legal education series for Lawline, "Landlord and Tenant Litigation in New York"This program is as valuable for (if not more valuable for) tenant attorneys as it is for landlord attorneys, because Michelle represents both.


In Session 1, the student is introduced to the landlord and tenant field and taken step by step through the beginning stages of a case. Landlord and tenant cases are often won (or lost) before the case is even filed. A myriad of legal and factual issues need to be examined, understood, and dealt with in order to bring a winnable case on behalf of a landlord. If you are representing tenants, this is the class where you will learn about some great defenses. 


In Session 2, the student will learn to initiate Summary Proceedings for the Recovery of Real Property pursuant to the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, and will learn how to successfully prosecute (or defend) the case through motion practice and trial. In this session, we will also cover how to think strategically about these cases to obtain desired objectives. 


In Session 3, we explore the things that come toward the end of a landlord and tenant matter, although last does not make these important issues least. We will be exploring the many routine and specialized clauses of a stipulation of settlement, the intricate details that surround an eviction, how to make a motion for attorney’s fees, and the appellate process, including stays pending appeal. 


Commercial landlord and tenant law is sophisticated commercial litigation and needs to be approached as such. In this session, we examine the many commonly litigated issues in commercial landlord and tenant law, delving into the many subtleties that make the area particularly challenging, including Yellowstone Injunctions and Good Guy Guaranties.


Residential landlord and tenant law is, in many ways, a more difficult area of law than commercial landlord and tenant law. This is so because many of the provisions of a residential lease are, essentially, meaningless. A lease, for example, might say that a residential tenant is prohibited from subletting, but that is simply not the case. We approach this session from the point of view of myth-busting, and track a standard residential lease and point out all the rights that a residential tenant actually has and that a landlord of a residential premises must respect and be mindful of. 


Rent Stabilization is one of the most misunderstood areas of real property law. In this session we begin by answering the fundamental question of – How do I know if a tenant is Rent Stabilized (or not)? This is a very important question in this era of rampant illegal deregulation. If the tenant is Rent Stabilized, we explain what that means for the landlord and for the tenant.


This session takes us through the most common possibilities for evicting a Rent Stabilized Tenant. As always, those defending such tenants will find a wealth of information here as well.

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August 2017 -- Michelle Quoted in the Commercial Observer, "The Owner Strikes Back: Rent-Regulation Laws Get Used in the Brawl With Airbnb"

Michelle Itkowitz was quoted in the August 16, 2017 Commercial Observer story on how more and more landlords are looking to rent-regulation laws and New York State’s multiple dwelling law, which prohibits un-hosted rentals of less than 30 days in buildings occupied by three or more families, as vehicles to evict tenants who have been running a de facto hotel operation. 

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July 2017 -- Michelle Itkowitz Presented at NYSBA Real Property Section Summer Meeting on "Short-Term Renting in the Sharing Economy"

On July 29, 2017  Michelle Itkowitz presented at NYSBA Real Property Section Summer Meeting on "Short-Term Renting in the Sharing Economy". The materials are up on the booklet section of the site. The full title of this CLE presentation was:


Short-Term Renting in the Sharing Economy

From Airbnb to HomeAway
From Upstate to Downstate
From Tall Buildings to Single Family Homes
From Landlords to Tenants
From Home Owners’ Associations to Zoning Boards,
From Hosts to Guests

How the Law is Struggling to Keep Up with Short-Term Residence Sharing

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June 2017 -- Itkowitz PLLC Contributes to the NYSBA Commercial Leasing Manual

June 1, 2017 -- We finished our submission for the 3rd edition of the New York State Bar Association Commercial Leasing Manual on Good Guy Guarantees and Enforcement of Default Provisions. Here is an excerpt.  

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