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Walter Sage Jennings

Successfully Representing New York City Tenants Since 1971
  • Landlord Tenant
  • New York
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I am an expert in landlord tenant and real estate law, I have been practicing in NYC since 1971 and have been successfully helping residential and commercial tenants and landlords resolve their issues.

Besides being a lawyer, I am a native New Yorker and former Opera singer, I have recorded and performed internationally.Prior to opening this firm, I was a Senior Staff Attorney with the New York City Legal Aid Society and Special Counsel to the New York State Assembly. I have been featured on Tenant Talk Radio, represented thousands of individual tenants and property owners with a variety of real estate litigation issues.

Currently I am representing NYC tenants facing eviction due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as lease negotiation and renewals, holdovers, succession rights, AirBnB issues, any dispute a tenant can have with a landlord I have handled.

I offer free phone consultations to review matters ensuring that the case is a good fit for my firm as well as that we are a good fit for the client.

Practice Area
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • English
Professional Experience
Senior Litigating Attorney
The Law Offices of Walter Jennings P.C.
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Walter Jennings, Esq. is the founding member and legal executive at The Law Offices of Walter Jennings P.C. He is an expert in negotiating and litigating landlord tenant and real estate law. A native New Yorker and tenant's rights advocate. Prior to opening his own firm, Walter was a Senior Staff Attorney with the New York City Legal Aid Society and Special Counsel to the New York State Assembly. Walter has been a feature on Tenant Talk Radio, has represented thousands of individual tenants with commercial and residential landlord tenant disputes. His clients have been so satisfied with their results that they are still coming back for his help decades later. He is well known in the field of landlord tenant matters as well as general real estate litigation, long standing relationships with opposing counsel, and housing court judges, which gives his clients an advantage.
St Johns University
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 1232040
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7 Questions Answered
Q. NYC Rent Stabilized Apartment - Succession Rights (see More Information)
A: From what you have said, it seems like it would be difficult to "win" a succession case in court. Although, an argument can be made that you were there as a caregiver for your mother, the problem being that when the court looks to determine succession they look for documentation such as tax returns, driver's license, pay stubs and if you are paying rent somewhere else.

However, it might be worth an inquiry to your landlord though a tenant lawyer such as ourselves to see if there is some room for discussion on this matter instead of going the court route.
Q. My tenant lawyer discontinued my Case without my consent though we have all the proofs to win the case, what to do now?
A: I answeredyour question on Avvo. just now. please refer to it.
Q. Hello! I recently moved out of an apartment in woodhaven, 1 year prior to the official lease ending.
A: Based on what you have described, we do not have enough information to answer this in full. But if you have left some occupant in the apartment who was not paying rent to anyone, you may still be liable for the rent, depending on what the facts. However if the occupant that you left in the apartment has been paying rent in his name you may have a defense that the landlord has acquiesced to his occupancy then you would not be liable. I suggest you call us or a landlord tenant attorney to fill the missing information needed to properly advise you.
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