Feature

How to Deal with a Tenant's 'Nuisance' Pet

September 19, 2017    
Tenants often have pets that cause problems. For example, a tenant’s dog may relieve itself in the building’s hallways, bark at all hours of the day and night, or threaten other tenants. You can get rid of problem pets, whether or not the tenant’s lease bars pets. To do so, you...
Management Basics

Building Owner Obligations as Heating Season Begins, New Heating Requirements

September 19, 2017    
During the previous “heat season,” the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) fielded 200,224 heat complaints. The current heat season begins on Oct. 1 and continues through May 31, 2018. During this time period, residential building owners with tenants are required by...
In the News

New Smoking Policy Rule Goes into Effect Next Year

September 19, 2017    
For years, the city has banned smoking in the common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Beginning in February 2018, the city will extend this prohibition to include buildings with three or more units. In addition, Mayor de Blasio recently signed a measure into law that will require...
In the News

Bedbug Law Update Will Take Effect for 2018

September 19, 2017    
As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, starting Nov. 6, 2017, all owners must attempt to obtain bedbug infestation history from tenants including any remedial or eradication methods. The new law requires owners to share written bedbug infestation histories with tenants on an annual basis. Notices...
In the News

Mayor's Plan Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Buildings

September 19, 2017    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed new mandates that would force building owners to make sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative would mandate that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, insulation,...
In the News

DHCR Issues New Fact Sheet Regarding Discrimination Against Foreign-Born Tenants

September 19, 2017    
The DHCR recently issued Fact Sheet #45 pertaining to the housing rights of foreign-born tenants. It reminds owners about the laws regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation pertaining to immigrant tenants.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: October 2017

September 19, 2017    
DOB VIOLATIONS Landlord Promptly Started Eviction Proceedings Against Squatters DOB issued six violation notices to landlord, in connection with illegal building alterations contrary to the building’s Certificate of Occupancy. DOB’s inspector found that, among other things, landlord had...
Feature

Ask Judge to Order Use & Occupancy Payment in Eviction Case

August 18, 2017    
If you sue to evict a tenant in housing court for a reason other than nonpayment of rent (such as nonprimary residence), the law says you’re entitled to what’s known as “use and occupancy” (U & O). Getting U & O while your case is pending is critical, since eviction...
Rent Increases

How to Calculate RGBO #49 Vacancy Lease Increases

August 18, 2017    
If you sign a vacancy lease with a tenant between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018, the new order issued on June 27 by the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)—RGBO #49—lets you collect the vacancy increases permitted under the Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997 (RRRA).
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City Council Passes Package of Anti-Harassment and Tenant Safety Bills

August 18, 2017    
The New York City Council recently passed a package of bills intended to provide tenants greater protection from landlord harassment and unsafe conditions. Several of the bills redefine the legal parameters of tenant harassment. Some of the bills also change penalties for harassment. Others were...