Feature

Comply with Fair Housing Law When Managing Common Areas & Amenities

March 17, 2017    
In August 2016, the NYC Commission on Human Rights entered into a settlement agreement with an owner for alleged age discrimination. A rent-stabilized tenant had filed a complaint against a large real estate management company because the company opened an exercise room in the building and allowed...
Management Basics

Take Four Steps to Calculate Interest for Rent Overcharge Refunds

March 17, 2017    
You probably know that if you promptly refund an overcharge to a tenant who has filed a rent overcharge complaint against you, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) shouldn’t order you to pay triple damages for the amount of the overcharge. There are numerous DHCR decision in...
In the News

Mayor Promises to Continue Fight Against Water Rate Ruling

March 17, 2017    
In Matter of Prometheus Realty Corp. v. New York City Water Board, the Appellate Division, First Department of the State Supreme Court ruled 3 - 1 that the city’s water board lacked a rational basis to award the credit to owners of one- to three-family homes, while leaving other property...
In the News

Governor Vows to Veto 421-a Bill with No Union Labor Provisions

March 17, 2017    
In a recent speech during the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York Winter Conference, Governor Cuomo vowed to veto any 421-a legislation that doesn’t include protections for union labor. The governor said that the exclusion of a prevailing wage provision is “the...
In the News

New Law Requires Clearly Marked Addresses at All Building Entrances

March 17, 2017    
The city council recently enacted a bill that would require street numbers to be placed on every side of a building that contains an entrance primarily used for day-to-day pedestrian ingress or egress. The bill is currently awaiting the mayor’s signature before becoming law.
In the News

OATH ECB Proposes to Repeal Penalty Schedules

March 17, 2017    
The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) is proposing to repeal its buildings penalty schedule, which consists of Buildings Penalty Schedule I and Buildings Penalty Schedule II. This schedule is found in 48 RCNY § 3-103, and contains...
In the News

Council Votes to Reform Nuisance Abatement Law

March 17, 2017    
The City Council recently passed a package of bills intended to make it harder for the police to evict tenants committing nuisances such as drug dealing. The mayor is expected to sign the package.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2017

March 17, 2017    
EXTERMINATION OF PESTS Landlord Can Return to Court If Bedbug Treatment Tenant Requested Doesn’t Work Landlord sued to evict tenant for unreasonably refusing access to the apartment in order to exterminate and remove bedbugs. Landlord’s termination notice stated that, although tenant...
Feature

How to Get DHCR to Waive Useful Life Requirements for MCIs

February 17, 2017    
If you’re planning to do work at your building and expect to get a major capital improvement (MCI) rent increase for it, you probably know that the work must meet the Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s (DHCR) useful life requirements. Those requirements are set out in Section...
Management Basics

Online Application Available for MCI Tax Abatement Program

February 17, 2017    
The DOF recently released revised guidance on the implementation of the MCI tax abatement provided for in Section 65 of Chapter 20 of the laws of 2015. The Rent Law of 2015 included changes to the amortization period for the calculation of major capital improvement (MCI) rent increases. The changes...