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The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019: What You Need to Know

July 11, 2019    
By Eileen O’Toole, Esq. On June 14, 2019, the New York State Legislature enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (the Act), which significantly altered existing rent control and rent stabilization laws. The Legislature followed up on June 25, 2019, by enacting a...
Feature

How to Avoid Risks Posed by Tenant-Superintendents

June 20, 2019    
Owners sometimes hire tenants to be superintendents. This practice can lead to serious problems unless the owner takes precautions. When a tenant is hired to act as a superintendent, he becomes the owner’s employee. This is not a problem. But suppose the owner later wants to fire the employee...
New Laws & Regs

Governor Signs Sweeping Rent Reforms into Law

June 20, 2019    
On June 14, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. The governor has called the legislation “the most sweeping, aggressive protections in state history,” and it’s been described as the “strongest tenant protections in...
Management Basics

File 2019 Rent Registrations Online by July 31

June 20, 2019    
You must file an Annual Apartment Registration application with the DHCR for every rent-stabilized apartment you own by July 31, 2019, using the DHCR’s online Owner Rent Regulation Application system. As in past years, the penalty for not filing is stiff: You can’t collect a rent...
In the News

A.G. Sues Property Manager Over Illegal Deregulation Scheme

June 20, 2019    
Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a lawsuit against a New York City property manager and his company for fraud, unjust enrichment, and repeatedly violating rent stabilization laws through manipulation of individual apartment improvements (IAIs). The manager worked for many years at...
In the News

Rental Commission Fees Bill Amended

June 20, 2019    
Intro. 1423, a bill to limit the amount a renter could pay a broker for its services, was initially introduced in February. Specifically, the bill mandates that residential brokers would be “prevented from collecting fees from prospective tenants that are above the value of one month’s...
In the News

DOI Finds Errors in 2018 Eviction Data

June 20, 2019    
The city’s Department of Investigation (DOI) found miscalculations that affected the official residential eviction totals for 2018, a spokesperson for the agency said, and the figures are likely to be revised upwards. The DOI discovered that two city marshals made errors while totaling their...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: July 2019

June 20, 2019    
 PETS Tenant Cured Lease Violation by Getting Rid of Two Pit Bulls  Landlord sued to evict tenant for keeping pit bull dogs in her apartment without landlord’s permission. The court ruled for landlord based on tenant’s failure to appear in court. The court later denied tenant...
Feature

City Council Passes Tenant Harassment and Displacement Legislation

May 23, 2019    
The City Council recently passed 17 bills meant to protect tenants and prevent landlords from harassing them out of their apartments. The legislative package includes new rules on renovations, tenant buyouts, housing court process servers, and more. With its passage, owners cannot use construction...
Rent Increases

File High-Income Rent Deregulation Form by June 30

May 23, 2019    
If you have a tenant who’s paying a monthly rent of $2,774.76 or more for a rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartment, it might be time to submit online the second of two Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) forms that may eventually lead to deregulation of the apartment. If...