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Michelle Maratto Itkowitz

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz
Partner

26 Broadway
21st Floor
New York, New York 10004
(646) 822-1805

mmaratto@itkowitz.com
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Practice Areas

Michelle Maratto 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
  • Free-Market Apartments
  • Luxury Apartments
  • Co-op Apartments
  • Co-Living Apartments
  • Lofts (Interim Multiple Dwellings)
  • SRO’s (Single Room Occupancies)
  • Commercial Spaces of Every Description
  • Net Leased Buildings
  • Development Sites

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 – IAI’s, MCI’s, rent overcharges, preferential rents, succession, J-51, Altman, non-primary residence, owner’s use, nuisance, the list goes on…
  • 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
  • Co-Living Apartments
  • Co-Living
  • Yellowstone injunctions
  • Good-Guy Guaranties
  • Letters of Credit
  • The Warranty of Habitability
  • 7A Administrators
  • Tenant Associations
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Tenant Buyouts
  • Development

Michelle also is experienced in general commercial litigation and appeals. See Our Stories section to get an idea of the breadth of Michelle's work over the years.

Michelle is a pioneer of Legal Project Management, a system by which project management principles are imposed upon the practice of law.

Teaching and Publishing

Michelle creates and shares original and useful content on landlord and tenant law in the City of New York. Through the end of 2017, Michelle is scheduled to give 17 lectures, 13 are Continuing Legal Education presentations, which train other lawyers. None of the appearances are “pay-to-play”. All of the appearances result in 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. Check out L&Tea Time with Michelle. In the fall of 2017, Michelle developed a fresh new seven-part continuing legal education curriculum for Lawline entitled “Landlord and Tenant Litigation in New York". Earlier this year, Lawline named Michelle as one of their top female faculty – 12,593 of her courses on Lawline having been completed by her Lawline students. Michelle puts her heart into her teaching and her classes always receive great reviews. In 2017, 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.

The groups that Michelle has written for and/or presented to include Lawline.com, Lorman Education Services, Rossedale CLE, The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, LandlordsNY, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Thompson Reuters, The Cooperator, and Argo University.

New York State Woman Owned Business Enterprise

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.

Bar Admissions, Education, Early Career

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.

Follow Michelle

There are many ways to keep up with Michelle. Subscribe to Michelle’s email list, and receive her popular, in-depth articles on all aspects of landlord and tenant law in New York City. Follow Michelle on Twitter - When Michelle tweets, which is not an obnoxious amount, she does so in an easy to understand manner about useful stuff regarding real estate, business, the legal industry, and organic herb gardening. And you can always see where Michelle is speaking next on the Current Events section of the website.

Feel free to contact Michelle; she would be happy to speak to you.