Tenants in New York City apartments have many resources they can seek out when they experience a problem with their apartment or their landlord. In some cases, injuries sustained in an apartment accident might lead to a tenant's case being heard in court, and even a judgment against a landlord. However, some of those judgments might be all but unenforceable against a landlord who doesn't have the means to pay them.
If it gets to the point where a landlord has to give up the property, that still might not solve the tenants' problems. One example of this phenomenon comes to us from the Bronx, where the landlord so severely neglected his responsibilities that a judge in the city's housing court actually sentenced him to a month behind bars -- an almost unheard-of sentence in housing court.