Real Estate

Experienced Guidance In Residential Real Estate

Buying or selling a home is perhaps the most important financial transaction you will ever make. Problems at any step in the process can lead to extra expenses or even cause the deal to fall through. For these reasons and more, you need the help of an experienced real estate lawyer. In the Buffalo area, look no further than the Law Office of Daniel Webster. Our attorneys are here to ensure that all aspects of your home buying or selling experience are handled correctly and efficiently.

Full-Service Real Estate Attorneys

We offer a wide range of services and representation, including assistance with:

  • Buying or selling a home, condominium or mobile home
  • Representing you at closing
  • Contract review
  • Arrangements for a site survey
  • Arrangements for title insurance and title examinations
  • Advising homeowners associations and condo associations
  • Easement reviews

In addition to our work with buyers and sellers, our attorneys can also represent you in foreclosure proceedings – either homeowner or lender. Our diverse experience in real estate law allows us to give our clients exceptional service and highly targeted advice.

New York Real Estate Laws Overview

The tabs below contain some additional information on New York’s Real Estate laws.

  • Statutes
  • Possible Penalties
  • Mitigation Strategies

New York State Real Estate Statutes

The Law Office of Daniel Webster is your comprehensive source for adept legal guidance in New York State’s intricate real estate landscape. Our firm is proficient in an array of statutes ranging from New York Real Property Law and Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law to city-specific regulations such as the New York City Rent Stabilization Code and Building Code. We are equally versed in federal laws like the Fair Housing Act and the Truth in Lending Act. Whether you’re a landlord, tenant, or property manager, our specialized expertise covers the full spectrum of real estate matters, from eviction proceedings to tenant protections, from mortgage foreclosures to anti-discrimination laws.

Please be advised that the applicability of these statutes can vary depending on the unique aspects of each case, and our legal strategies are tailored accordingly to offer you the most effective representation.

At the Law Office of Daniel Webster, we offer unrivaled expertise in the nuanced and often complex area of New York real estate law and its associated penalties. From zoning violations and mortgage fraud to breach of contract and environmental compliance, we have a deep well of experience to guide you through any legal predicament. We handle a plethora of case types, each with its own potential penalties—ranging from fines and restitution to civil lawsuits and even imprisonment. Whether you’re dealing with unauthorized property alterations or grappling with discrimination charges, rest assured that our firm has the capabilities to protect your interests and limit your exposure to penalties.

Fines for Zoning Violations

If a property owner violates zoning laws, they could face significant fines.


Fines can range widely depending on the severity of the violation, and repeat offenses can result in escalating fines.

Failure to Disclose Penalties

Sellers who fail to disclose known property defects can face legal repercussions.


Fines, and in extreme cases, rescission of the sale or monetary damages.

Mortgage Fraud

Providing false information on a mortgage application.


Fines and possible imprisonment, depending on the severity of the fraud.

Unlicensed Real Estate Practice

Operating as a real estate agent without a license.


Heavy fines and possible imprisonment.

Breach of Contract

Failure to adhere to the terms of a real estate contract.


Monetary damages and potential forced performance of the contract.

Rent Control Violations

Overcharging tenants in rent-controlled or rent-stabilized units.


Fines and potential requirements to refund tenants for overcharges.

Discrimination Charges

Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, etc., in renting or selling property.


Fines and potential civil lawsuits for damages.

Environmental Violations

Failure to comply with environmental laws, such as proper disposal of hazardous waste.


Heavy fines and possible imprisonment.

Lease Violations

Breaching the terms and conditions of a lease agreement.


Monetary damages, and in some cases, eviction for tenants or loss of tenant for landlords.

Unauthorized Alterations

Making alterations to a property without proper permits.


Fines and possible court-ordered removal of the unauthorized alteration.

Please be aware that the penalties you may face can differ depending on the specifics of your case, which is why our strategies are meticulously tailored to meet your unique circumstances. At the Law Office of Daniel Webster, you’ll find personalized, competent, and proactive legal counsel designed to navigate the multifaceted world of real estate penalties.

At the Law Office of Daniel Webster, we are your go-to legal experts in the labyrinthine realm of New York real estate law. Our firm specializes in providing personalized strategies to tackle the most complex of real estate challenges, from challenging zoning decisions and navigating easement disputes to dealing with failure-to-disclose scenarios. Leveraging an arsenal of tools including expert testimony, historical usage records, and compelling evidence, we craft customized plans to position our clients for the best possible outcomes.

Challenging Zoning Decisions

Property owners may dispute zoning decisions that adversely affect property use.


Utilize expert testimony and present evidence that the zoning decision is arbitrary or inconsistent with local plans.

Easement Disputes

Conflicts often arise over the right to access or use someone else’s land.


Employ historical usage records and property surveys to argue the presence or absence of an easement.

Failure to Disclose

Sellers are required to disclose known defects.


As a buyer, gather evidence of deliberate nondisclosure for potential remedies, such as canceling the contract or seeking damages.

It’s important to note that every case is unique; therefore, the strategy and potential penalties may differ. Only after a thorough review of your individual circumstances can we develop a tactical approach tailored specifically for you. Trust in our comprehensive understanding of real estate legalities to guide you through these intricate matters with confidence and clarity.

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