Michelle Itkowitz is the owner and founder of Itkowitz PLLC and she has been practicing commercial and complex-residential landlord and tenant litigation in the City of New York for over 20 years.
Michelle represents BOTH landlords and tenants.
Michelle is a litigator and a consultant, but she does not work on transactions.
There are two ways to explain Michelle’s core competencies. First, here is a list of the types of spaces she deals with in her practice all the time:
Rent Stabilized Apartments
Rent Controlled Apartments
Lofts (Interim Multiple Dwellings)
SRO’s (Single Room Occupancies)
Commercial Spaces of Every Description
Net Leased Buildings
Next, here is a list of topics that Michelle deals with in her practice all the time. Michelle’s core-competencies include, but most certainly are not limited to:
Pretty much anything regarding Rent Stabilization, Rent Control or the DHCR –
Rent regulatory coverage issues – such as Rent Stabilization Due Diligence for Multi-Family Building owners, potential-owners, and lenders, or coverage consulting for tenants
Short-Term Leasing (Airbnb) evictions and defense
Occupancy issues – Roommates, Family Members, Subtenants, Running a Business in an Apartment
Pets and Emotional Support Animals in Apartments
Letters of Credit/Security Deposits
The Warranty of Habitability
Michelle is a pioneer of Legal Project Management, a system by which project management principles are imposed upon the practice of law.
Michelle creates and shares original and useful content on landlord and tenant law in the City of New York, through numerous articles, lectures and continuing legal education presentations. Michelle’s teaching and publishing result in extensive extensive written materials, which Michelle shares freely with the universe .
Michelle is frequently (if not always accurately) quoted in the press on a variety of landlord and tenant issues. As the “Legal Expert” for LandlordsNY, the first social platform exclusively for landlords and property managers, Michelle answers members’ questions, guest blogs, and teaches. Every three years, Michelle develops a fresh seven-part continuing legal education curriculum for Lawline entitled “Landlord and Tenant Litigation in New York”. Lawline named Michelle as one of their top female faculty – over 12,593 of her courses on Lawline having been taken by her Lawline students. Michelle puts her heart into her teaching and her classes always receive great reviews. Michelle co-authored chapters on lease remedy clauses and Good Guy Guaranties for the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee’s Commercial Leasing Manual. Michelle is the “Tenant’s Right’s Advisor” for Bushwick Daily. Michelle is also an instructor and blogger on the Tenant Learning Platform.
The groups that Michelle has written for and/or presented to include Lawline.com; Lorman Education Services; Rossedale CLE; Clear Law Institute; The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Women Attorneys in Real Estate; The Appraisal Institute; The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers; LandlordsNY; The Habitat Group; Bushwick Daily; Thompson Reuters; The Cooperator; Argo Management University.
Michelle is immensely proud that Itkowitz PLLC was awarded its NYS Women Business Enterprise Certification by the Empire State Development Corp. Michelle’s eponymous law firm is one of the largest women-owned law firms, by revenue, in the state.
Michelle is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1989 from Union College and a Juris Doctor in 1992 from Brooklyn Law School. She began her legal career at Cullen & Dykman.
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Feel free to contact Michelle; she would be happy to speak to you.