Michelle Maratto Itkowitz
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 –
- Rent Overcharges
- Preferential Rents
- J-51 and 421-a
- Non-Primary Residence
- Owner’s Use
- High Rent Vacancy Deregulation
- 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
- Yellowstone Injunctions
- Good-Guy Guaranties
- Letters of Credit/Security Deposits
- The Warranty of Habitability
- 7A Administrators
- Housing Discrimination
- Tenant Buyouts
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 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. Check out L&Tea Time with Michelle. 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.
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.