Feature

Avoid Seven Mistakes That Could Delay Your DHCR Appeal

November 21, 2016    
One day you may get an order from the District Rent Administrator (DRA) denying you a rent increase you think you’re entitled to, or unfairly finding that you’ve overcharged a tenant for decreased services. As a result, you may find yourself filing a petition for administrative review (...
New Laws & Regs

New Green Buildings Legislation Expands Local Laws to Include Mid-Sized Buildings

November 21, 2016    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a package of three green buildings bills into law. “Buildings account for more than two-thirds of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, which we have pledged to reduce 80 percent by 2050,” said Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director of Climate Policy...
Management Basics

DHCR Updates Policy Statement on Decontrolling Rent-Controlled Apartments

November 21, 2016    
The DHCR recently updated Policy Statement 2014-1, which details the filing requirements upon the vacancy of rent-controlled apartments. The automatic rent stabilization coverage has not been changed. If your building has six or more units, a decontrolled apartment automatically falls under rent...
In the News

Cuomo Strikes Deal for Possible Revival of 421-a Program

November 21, 2016    
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has reached a deal with developers and union construction officials to revive the 421-a program. The program expired in January. It grants cuts in property taxes to developers who set aside subsidized apartments for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families or individuals...
In the News

Mayor Signs Legislation Expediting ‘Build it Back’ Construction Work

November 21, 2016    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation that will expedite approval of demolition and construction work performed by city-procured contractors under the Build it Back program, which aims to rebuild communities and homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
In the News

Legislation Introduced to Audit 20 Percent of 421-a Buildings

November 21, 2016    
Two bills, Int. 1366 and Int. 1359, were recently introduced in the City Council by the chamber’s housing committee chair, Jumaane Williams, and Stephen Levin. The first bill would require HPD to audit a certain number of buildings receiving benefits under section 421-a of the real property...
In the News

City Council Passes Bills to Tighten Gas Safety Rules

November 21, 2016    
As a response to two deadly gas explosions that occurred in February 2016 in the East Village and March 2014 in East Harlem, the City Council recently passed a package of bills to tighten gas safety rules at city buildings.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2016

November 21, 2016    
Landlord’s Negligence Landlord Responsible for Exterminating Bedbugs in Tenants' Apartment Tenants sued landlord for negligence, claiming that landlord never eradicated a bedbug infestation in their apartment that began in 2012. Landlord claimed that it wasn’t responsible for the...
Feature

How to Implement and Enforce a Smoke-Free Policy at Your Building

October 27, 2016    
By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.
Feature

How to Settle Nonpayment Cases Involving Repairs

October 7, 2016    
When you sue to evict a tenant for not paying rent, chances are the tenant will claim in court that his apartment needs repairs and use that as an excuse for not paying rent. For example, the tenant may say he’s not paying rent because you haven’t painted his apartment in five years....