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New York Landlord & Tenant Litigation: Introduction to Rent Stabilization (Update)

(247 reviews)

Produced on October 17, 2017

$ 59 Real Estate and Litigation In Stock

Course Information

Time 52 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Rent Stabilization is one of the most misunderstood areas of real property law. In this program, Michelle Maratto Itkowitz, a noted NYC Landlord-Tenant attorney, will answer some of the fundamental questions around rent regulation, such as how do I know if a tenant is Rent Stabilized (or not) – a particularly relevant question in this era of rampant illegal deregulation. The course will introduce the nuts and bolts of determining what the legal rent is, calculating a rent overcharge, and what a Rent Stabilized tenancy means for the landlord and for the tenant.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basics of Rent Stabilization
  2. Know whether a tenancy is Rent Stabilized (or not)
  3. Determine if an apartment was illegally deregulated
  4. Calculate a rent overcharge
  5. Track the history of a rent regulated tenancy and determine whether a preferential rent is durable or not
  6. Demystify the ins and outs of tenant buy-outs for your landlord or tenant client


Michelle Maratto Itkowitz has been practicing real estate law, specializing in the area of residential and commercial landlord and tenant law in the City of New York, for over twenty years. She also is very experienced in general commercial litigation and all manner of real estate transactions. 

Michelle publishes and speaks frequently on real estate and legal issues. The groups Michelle has taught for or presented to and the publications she has written for include:

  • The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers
  • LandlordsNY
  • Lorman Education Services
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee
  • Thompson Reuters
  • The Cooperator
  • The New York State Bar Association CLE Publications
  • The Brooklyn Real Estate Summits
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • BisNow

Michelle gets quoted in the press on real estate and legal issues. Michelle produces tons of original and useful content on real estate and law and gets it out to the world in many ways – from booklets to podcasts, as well as many useful articles that can be found on her Teaching and Publishing blog. Michelle is the Legal Expert for LandlordsNY, where she answers members questions on as a guest on their blog. Michelle is developing an extensive curriculum of real estate continuing legal education videos with Michelle is currently co-authoring the New York State Bar Association's New York Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law and Procedure Book and she co-authored a chapter on lease remedy clauses for the New York State Bar Association Commercial Leasing. Michelle is a pioneer of Legal Project Management, a unique and better way for lawyers and clients to work together, which you can read much more about on her website or watch a Lawline CLE on.

Michelle is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Michelle’s professional associations include: the New York State Bar Association - Real Property Law Section and Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Gotham City Network - New York City Real Estate Chapter, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1989 from Union College, and a Juris Doctor in 1992, from Brooklyn Law School. Michelle is also a managing member of an executive office suite company and a founding member of an internet startup company that launched in 2012. Michelle sits on the board of directors of Building Blocs, a not-for-profit organization, and she has been honored by the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer's Project.

There are many ways to keep up with Michelle. When Michelle tweets, which is not an obnoxious amount, you cannot only actually understand what she is saying, but it is useful stuff about real estate, business, and the legal industry that you might miss between the headlines. Michelle would be happy to speak to you.


Jean B.

Excellent teacher. Clear, personable, interesting. She made a dry subject fascinating.

Mordechai M.


David W.

Highest praise that I can give.

Steven B.


Michael I. C.

Best speaker yet

Anusha G.

Phenomenal and passionate speaker. She made a field of law that’s completely foreign to me really accessible and understandable

Norman R.


Misha W.

Good exploration of the rent stabilization laws and common pitfalls on the path of deregulation.


All around good presentation.

Paul J. K.

She knows her stuff!

Marina T.

Michelle, you are amazing! I am a young landlord tenant attorney eager to develop expertise in this area. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the level of detail and thoroughness you put into your lectures. Thank you for anticipating and demystifying so many questions that I encounter everyday in my practice. Look forward to watching more of your lectures.

Helene R.

Michelle is a consistently wonderful presenter!

Gregory W.

Very Informative.

Michael L.

She is the best instructor I have ever seen for CLE. I wish she would teach more topics!

Sahar S.

One of the most thorough, engaging, and straightforward presenters I've listened to.

James V.

Simply Amazing ! Thanks

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