Feature

Give Tenant Advance Notice Before Starting Eviction Proceeding

April 18, 2019    
The Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) requires you to give advance notice to a rent-stabilized tenant before you can seek his eviction in most cases. The notice, known as a termination notice, informs the tenant that he must vacate or give up his apartment by a certain date.
New Laws & Regs

City Council Passes Legislation on Lead Testing and Reporting Requirements

April 18, 2019    
The New York City Council recently passed a package of lead safety bills that’s intended to update and strengthen the city’s lead laws, setting some of the highest standards in the country. The bills include new guidelines for testing for lead in day care centers, testing for lead in...
Management Basics

Large Building Owners to Submit Benchmarking Data by May 1

April 18, 2019    
Local Law 84 (LL84) requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. LL84 standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s...
Management Basics

File RPIE Statements by June 3

April 18, 2019    
The NYC Department of Finance (DOF) requires certain owners of residential properties to file the Real Property Income & Expense Statement (RPIE) every year. The DOF needs income and expense information each year to value your property accurately.
Rent Increases

RGB Releases 2019 Income Studies

April 18, 2019    
The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) is mandated by law to establish yearly rent adjustments for rent-stabilized apartments in New York City. The board holds an annual series of public meetings and hearings to consider research from staff and testimony from owners, tenants, advocacy groups, and industry...
In the News

State Lawmakers Pass Legislation Criminalizing Tenant Harassment

April 18, 2019    
State lawmakers recently passed the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which amends the state’s Penal Law to lower the legal bar to prove harassment against owners. Previously, criminal charges couldn’t be pursued unless prosecutors could prove that the offending owner intended to push...
In the News

Rent Regulation Uncertainty Affecting NYC Rental Building Sales

April 18, 2019    
The current rent law expires in June and major reforms to New York’s rent regulations are on Democratic lawmakers’ agenda now that they control the entire state Legislature. Proposed changes to the rent laws are expected to make it harder for landlords to raise rents on regulated...
In the News

Mayor Appoints Director to the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants

April 18, 2019    
On Jan. 10, at the State of the City, Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order establishing the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, which will lead comprehensive outreach on anti-harassment initiatives and be the central point of contact for tenant advocates. The mayor recently appointed...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: May 2019

April 18, 2019    
PETS Tenant Didn’t Prove Dog Was Emotional Support Animal Landlord sued to evict tenant for keeping a dog in her apartment, in violation of a no-pet clause in tenant's lease. Tenant claimed that the dog was an emotional support animal needed for her to enjoy her use of her apartment. So,...
Feature

How to Prevent Housing Discrimination Claims Based on Race or Color

March 19, 2019    
The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently announced the launch of its new “While Black” ad campaign to combat racial discrimination. According to Carmelyn P. Malalis, chairwoman and commissioner of the organization, the ad campaign is an effort to encourage more people to...