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Warren A. Estis and Michael E. Feinstein

Section 227-c of the Real Property Law (RPL), which was enacted in 2007, authorizes victims of domestic violence for whose benefit an order of protection has been issued by a court of competent jurisdiction, to terminate a lease or rental agreement covering premises occupied for dwelling purposes and to be released from liability thereunder. Many such victims, however, who are often unrepresented by counsel, are likely unaware of the protections offered by this statute.

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