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Steven Warren Smollens

Steven Warren Smollens

New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Real Estate Law, Landlord Tenant
  • New York
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Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Land Use & Zoning, Residential Real Estate
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 1564673
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U.S. Supreme Court
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US District Court, Eastern District
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US District Court, Southern District
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Member Civil Court Practice Section
New York County Lawyers' Association
Current
Member Real Property Law Section; Incoming Co-Chairperson Landlord and Tenant Proceedings Committee effective February 2024
NYSBA
Current
Co-Chairperson Civil Court Practice Section 2023-2026
New York County Lawyers' Association
- Current
Co-Chairperson, Civil Court Practice Section, New York County Lawyers Association
Correspondent
New York County Landlord and Tenant Bar Association (NYCLTBA)
- Current
Private Practice of Law
Law Office of Steven W. Smollens
- Current
Partner
Law Office of Smollens Guralnick & Frazer
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Partner
Law Office Steven W Smollens
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Manager Single Practice Law Office
Law Office Steven W Smollens
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Staff Attorney Legal Aid Society New York City Harlem Neighborhood Office
The Legal Aid Society
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Attorney Law Office of Steven W. Smollens 2000 - Present Partner Smollens Guralnick & Frazer 1990 - 2000 Partner Smollens & Guralnick 1984 - 1990 Attorney Steven W. Smollens 1982 - 1984
United States Army (Reserve)
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USAR (Reserve) Honorable Discharge 1972
Education
Brooklyn Law School
J.D.
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City University of New York - City College
B.A. | Political Science
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Awards
TOP CONTRIBUTERS AWARD
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CLIENT'S CHOICE AWARD
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CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
New York County Lawyers' Association
Recognition of outstanding contribution to the Association's Continuing Legal education program
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NYSBA
Co-Chairperson CLE Program Residential Landlord and Tenant Practice Update
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NYSBA
Speaker Residential Landlord and Tenant Practice Update
AVVO RATING TOP LAWYER
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REVIEWS
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 1564673
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Advanced Issues in Cooperative and Condominium Law,New York County Lawyers' Association CLE Nonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability, Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise
Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series, NYCLA Nonpayment Proceedings, Bed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability
New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise Nonpayment Proceedings, Warranty of Habitability
New York County Lawyers' Association, CLE, Landlord and Tenant Practice: The Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Non-Payment Proceedings and the Warranty of Habitability
Speaking Engagements
NEW YORK COUNTY LAWYERS ASSOCIATION, VARIOUS CLE PROGRAM, NEW YORK
NYCLA
2007 CLE entitled Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Bed Bugs, Warranty of Habitability 2005 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Warranty of Habitability and Non Payment Proceedings 2004 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Objectionable Conduct, Nuisance, Pets and Noise 2004 Advanced Issues in Coop & Condo Law 2003 Jack Newton Lerner Lecture Series Techniques in Defending and Prosecuting a Non Payment Proceeding 2002 World Trade Center Owner and Tenant Forum in Commercial Tenant Issues
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
251 Questions Answered
Q. Can a landlord install a video only camera inside a boiler room if the boiler room is inside the tenant’s apartment ?
A: Dear Manhattan Landlord

How is this possible? No tenant is allowed to inhabit a boiler room and no habitable dwelling may surround a boiler room. Before you add a video camera into this likely illegal housing situation contact an architect who may determine the legality of the apartment. If illegal removal of the tenant thtough due process is a legitimate solution.
Q. I’m a landlord renting a single freestanding home in a New York State, not city. Tenant offering to pay rent in advance.
A: Dear Newburgh Property Owner:

You would need your own attorney to approve the acceptance of three months' rent paid in advance. New York State law says that you cannot do so even if you are not the party to bring up the idea.
Q. I moved out of a Manhattan apartment 7 months ago and I’m still trying to get my security deposit back
A: Dear Manhattan Tenant

The controlling statute does not provide any guidance on the allowance of a deduction of the expenses incurred by delivering the security deposit by international wire transfers and not by check within 14 days. It surely would have been a better solution to have a fight over $300 than not receiving the entire remaining balance of the security deposit.

When the landlord defaults in the mandated statutory obligation to return the full amount of the deposit within 14 days the statute provides the unwieldy remedy for a lawsuit against the landlord and a right to seek double the amount of the deposit as monetary damages.
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SMOLLENS LAW OFFICE
New York
25 Waterside Plaza
Suite EE
New York, NY 10010
Toll-Free: (844) 310-9915
Telephone: (212) 619-7787
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours (Today)
STEVEN W. SMOLLENS
25 Waterside Plaza
STE EE
New York, NY 10010
Toll-Free: (844) 310-9915
Telephone: (212) 619-7787
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Law Office Steven W Smollens
New York
25 WATERSIDE PLAZA
STE EE
New York, NY 10007
Toll-Free: (844) 310-9915
Telephone: (212) 619-7787
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours (Today)
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