Jeffrey H. Seiden
Mr. Seiden is a partner whose primary practice areas include both residential and commercial litigation, including summary nonpayment and holdover proceedings, administrative law proceedings and the defense of city and/or tenant initiated HP proceedings and harassment proceedings. Mr. Seiden has tried and won such landmark cases as NYC’s first non-curable Airbnb eviction and has successfully contested violations issued by the NYC Dept of buildings. He represents clients in civil actions in both New York Supreme Court and Civil Court regarding a multitude of issues concerning commercial and residential real estate.
He has participated in all aspects of litigation from the taking of, and response to, pretrial discovery, through the prosecution of bench and jury trials, petitions for provisional relief and procedural and substantive motions. Mr. Seiden earned his his bachelor degree from the SUNY Albany (2001) and his Juris Doctorate degree from Hofstra University (J.D. 2004), where he received an award for excellence in advocacy and litigation. He is a member of the New York City Bar Housing Court Committee.
- Residential Non-Payment Proceedings
- Residential Holdover Proceedings
- Commercial Non-Payment & Holdover Proceedings
- Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. – 2004
- State University of New York at Albany, B.A. – 2001
- New York – 2005
- New York City Bar Association
- New York County Lawyers’ Association
- New York State Bar Association
Recent Notable Decisions:
- 42nd and 10th Associates v. Henry Ikezi – (February 20, 2015) – In this landmark Airbnb decision tried and won by Mr. Seiden, the court ruled for the first time, that tenant be evicted for non-curable Airbnb violation. The ruling is the first to order the eviction of a rent-stabilized tenant who profiteered using Airbnb, without affording an opportunity to cure.
- WHGA Renaissance Apts, L.P. v. Jackson – (September 26, 2014) This favorable decision was the result of successfully complying with DA’s narcotics eviction program, in a case where drug activity was taking place in a tenant’s apartment by a family member.
- City of NY v Grey Family Properties – (July 10, 2014) Landlord contested a violation issued by the NYC Department of Buildings, resulting from the collapse of a retaining wall, which adjoined the Landlord’s building on St. Nicholas Avenue with its neighbor on Edgecombe Avenue. After a hearing conducted by partners Jeffrey Seiden and Christian Hylton the violation was dismissed. The landlord produced evidence that the retaining wall, located on the Edgecombe Avenue property was built for the benefit of the Edgecombe property in the early 20 th Century, as it sat on a lower grade than the St. Nicholas property. Consequently the violation for the landlord’s failure to repair was unwarranted. The landlord’s attorneys were able to demonstrate that the finding by the inspector for the NYC Department of Buildings’ as to the location of the retaining wall and source of the collapse was mere speculation and insufficient to assess civil penalties.
Media, Publications & Presentations:
- February, 2017 – ” A Victory For Airbnb: Why Owners Should Care” by Partner Jeffrey H. Seiden was published in the February edition of CHIP’s New York Housing Journal.
- September, 2016 – Jeffrey Seiden addressed “Housing Court Proceedings: Navigating initiatives and pending litigation that could affect your eviction”, at the NYC Real Estate Expo.
- October 29, 2015 – Jeffrey Seiden led a panel on Landlord Tenant issues at the NYARM Building Management Expo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zy6F0bgy2Q&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
- September 9, 2015 – Jeffrey Seiden presented at a workshop at The 7th Annual Multi Family Summit. The topic was “Rent Regulations and Short-Term Rentals in a Tenant Friendly City”.
- March 17, 2015 – “Landlord v Tenant” features the landmark decision “42nd & 10th Associates V. Henry Ikezi”, tried and won by Mr. Seiden in the article ” Tenant Used Apartment for Short-Term Rentals“.
- February 26, 2015 – “New York Law Journal” features Jeffrey’s Seiden’s case in the article ” Judge Rules Rental of Unit on Airbnb was Profiteering”.
- February 25, 2015 – Partner Jeffrey Seiden’s article ” Owners armed to fight back against Airbnb“, was published in “Real Estate Weekly”.
- February 20, 2015 – In the landmark decision ” 42nd & 10th Associates V. Henry Ikezi” which was tried and won by Mr. Jeffrey H. Seiden, the Court ruled Airbnb violation as non-curable for the first time. The decision was featured in “The New York Post” on February 20th, 2015, in the article ” Rent-stabilized tenant evicted after cashing in on Airbnb“. This decision also prompted a major editorial in the Post ” Airbnb Strikes Again“.
- ” Complying with the D.A.’s Narcotics Eviction Program“, Partner Jeffrey H. Seiden’s article was featured in “Contributor’s Corner” in the October 2014 “Apartment Law Insider” newsletter. The article follows Mr. Seiden’s recent notable decision, WHGA Renaissance Apts, L.P. v. Jackson (Civil Court, New York County, Index No. 50984/2014 .
- “Preventing Fraud in Affordable Housing”, Partner Jeffrey H. Seiden’s article was featured in “Contributor’s Corner” in the May 2014 “Apartment Law Insider” newsletter. ( Click here to read the article)