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Do these NY old dumb laws actually exist?

This is a mixed bag of so-called "laws", often interpreted in an unfavorable or satirical light. Because of this, you might say that none (save one) of these laws are literally laws, but ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

Yes Businesses (and consumers) can choose who to do business with and what information they ask for and disclose and when they do that. If you’re uncomfortable with how they do business, don’t deal ...
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Emergency Room Obligation

united-states What enforceable obligation does Bob have to pay said bill? At a minimum, the hospital has an unjust enrichment claim against Bob for the fair market value of its services to him, ...
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Does the adultery law in New York affect the person being used to cheat with?

The statute reads (emphasis mine): A person is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living ...
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Do these NY old dumb laws actually exist?

Jaywalking is legal, as long as it's not diagonal. That is, you can cross the street out of the crosswalk, but you can't cross a street diagonally. This is a misstatement of the law, which prohibits ...
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Tenant is asking to repair a built-in closet. It was fine when they moved in

Fair wear and tear Means the normal deterioration of a property from ordinary, everyday use. Exposure to the elements, time, as well as day to day living can cause fair wear and tear. Breakages as a ...
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What is a 'creed' for purposes of New York City's public accommodation anti-discrimination code?

From NYC website (creed): Creed refers to a set of moral or ethical beliefs and the practices and observances associated with those beliefs. Although creed includes traditional religious beliefs, ...
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Does the adultery law in New York affect the person being used to cheat with?

Looking at the text of the statute, it is clear that in that case your friend has satisfied the elements put forth. However, there are further issues. One is that courts generally requires crimes to ...
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Will New York City's new law prohibiting questions about salary history protect residents who are applying for jobs outside the city?

This law regulates employers, and New York City only has jurisdiction over employers in New York City, so this law would not protect residents of New York City seeking employment outside of New York ...
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Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris

The Board of Estimates still gave small boroughs like Staten Island more representatives per voter than large boroughs like Manhattan. Therefore it violated the one man, one vote principal which is ...
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If you buy an apartment that has a rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant in it can you evict them to move in?

You cannot evict them immediately. You can, however, decline to renew their lease when it expires if you give proper notice. From this information sheet: In NYC, an owner may refuse to renew a rent ...
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Is it bribery if your decision wasn't swayed?

New York Penal Law § 200.10: A public servant is guilty of bribe receiving in the third degree when he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or ...
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What is the legal status of and penalty for turnstile jumping in NYC?

Can he be forcibly apprehended in order to be issued some penalty? Yes. The charge for jumping a subway turnstile is Theft of Services, a violation of New York Penal Section 165.15, a Class A ...
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If a landlord approvs a tenant but refuses to allow them to move in, can the tenant recover fees associated with temporary housing?

If there is a contract, Bob is entitled to damages There probably is a contract in this case - the landlord (through their agent) has made an unambiguous offer which Bob has accepted by signing the ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

Sam Wilson: Found a place in Brookyln yet? Steve Rogers/Captain America: I don't think I can afford a place in Brooklyn. NYC is a very in-demand market, with many apartment-seekers being out-of-state ...
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Is a debt owed by an adult who is supported by parents recoverable?

Is there a legal argument to force the father to repay the debt if he is supporting his grown son? No, if you wanted to be paid back by the father, you should have told the adult son to tell his ...
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Speed enforced by radar - why the extra verbiage

united-states Speed limits can be enforced by any means (except photo-radar) in most U.S. jurisdictions without notice that it is being used. Those laws are close to being uniform in the U.S. due to ...
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Do these NY old dumb laws actually exist?

Throwing a ball at someone's head would be Assault. I'm not a lawyer, but a quick Google search confirms that at least one of those acts is definitely illegal. According to this page on the website of ...
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Is it legal to instruct an employee not to put contract concerns in writing?

The statement "you don't need to put it in writing" is not an instruction, and should not be interpreted as on in lieu of other evidence (e.g. the follow-up question "you don't want to get fired, do ...
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Under what conditions could a police force enlist the help of a minor?

There are various ways in which a minor cannot assist a police investigation, and it might be useful to say in what ways any civilian could do so (TV shows notwithstanding). A civilian cannot conduct ...
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Is a debt owed by an adult who is supported by parents recoverable?

Is there a legal argument to force the father to repay the debt if he is supporting his grown son? I suppose you could make that argument in court, but why? The son is an adult and responsible for ...
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What is the law regarding crossing the street on a red light as a pedestrian?

According to New York state law VAT § 1111(d)(4): Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian-control signal as provided in section eleven hundred twelve, pedestrians facing any steady red signal ...
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Does tolling apply to the statute of limitations in New York State?

Yes, the statute of limitations in New York can toll if a person is out of state for a long period of time. See CVP § 207. Defendant's absence from state or residence under false name: If, when a ...
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What size restaurants in NYC must provide bathrooms?

Google is very helpful in this regard. I typed nyc restaurant bath and it suggested nyc restaurant bathroom law, the first result being http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2360/restaurant-...
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Can consular security staff carry firearms in New York City?

germanyunited-states In Germany, diplomatic/consular security staff will be issued a gun ownership card and a gun license, which the Embassy or Consulate will apply for directly at the Foreign Office (...
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NY state: a landlord is subletting an apartment but is trying to charge the renter after the move-out date

The thing I was trying to zero in on was the work/refresh/renovation that needs to be done between tenants, and if they landlord can expect to do it while Tenant A is still paying (up to the date of ...
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What is it about the SDNY that results in the phenomenon captured by the slang name "Sovereign District of New York"?

The SDNY seems to hear a lot of high-profile civil and criminal cases ... What is it about this section of the court system that results in this peculiar phenomenon, captured in that it is widely ...
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How can a finding of suicide (on the death certificate) by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner be legally contested in the City of New York?

Here is the section of NYC law on the medical examiner. §17-207 provides for a "Root cause analysis", in case there is a "significant event". A significant event, as defined in ...
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Can students transfer to a new high school purely on their will?

The primary question is whether the target school can/must accept you. A private school is not compelled to accept you, a public school might be. Because of the law compelling you (as a minor) to go ...
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Does anything like “indirect discrimination” or the “duty to make reasonable adjustments” exist in the U.S.?

Question 1 Does anything like “indirect discrimination” ... exist in the U.S.? In the U.S., "indirect discrimination" is known as "disparate impact." Question 2 Does anything ...
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