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Housing Court Proceedings: Changes Under the New Law

August 22, 2019    
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (HSTPA) made significant changes to various statutes governing rent-stabilized housing, including the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, various provisions of the State Real Property Law, The Real Property...
Q & A

Preserving Both Higher Legal Rent and Preferential Rent in Rent-Stabilized Renewal Leases

August 22, 2019    
 Q As a result of the rent laws passed in June, I know that a preferential rent granted in a rent-stabilized tenant’s lease rider or provision must become the base rent upon lease renewal for that tenant, subject to applicable RGB renewal increases. I’m about to offer my...
In the News

City Sues Owners for Renting Out Stabilized Apartments on Airbnb

August 22, 2019    
The city has named the owners of three Hell’s Kitchen buildings in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court for operating illegal short-term rentals in rent-stabilized apartments. Tenants of one building were left without gas or a roof for six months in 2015 due to a fire caused by illegal...
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Tenants Sue Owner for Allegedly Illegally Deregulating Apartments

August 22, 2019    
A group of tenants on the Upper West Side filed a lawsuit recently claiming that the owner failed to provide documentation to justify rent increases that ultimately deregulated their apartments. According to the lawsuit, based on the recent rent registrations filed for these apartments, the owner...
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City Council Proposes Legislation that Would Legalize Hostels

August 22, 2019    
Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Councilman Mark Gjonaj recently proposed legislation that would legalize hostels throughout New York City. Hostels offer communal lodgings often sought by younger travelers looking for a cheap place to stay. Lawmakers passed a law in 2010 aimed at illegal hotel...
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Building Sale with Stabilized Apartments Sets Benchmark Post-Rent Rule Changes

August 22, 2019    
A small apartment building in Greenwich Village recently sold, representing one of the first sales since new laws restricting rents were enacted. It provides an early indicator of the values of rent-stabilized buildings under new state rules. The five-story walk-up sold for $11.6 million, a 12...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2019

August 22, 2019    
    OWNER OCCUPANCY Amended Law Bars Landlord from Recovering Entire Building for Owner Occupancy   Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenants, claiming that it sought to recover
Feature

How to Comply with NYS and NYC’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

July 29, 2019    
Last year, both New York State and New York City enacted several significant measures regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. At the state level, the labor law was amended to require the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights to collaborate in developing both a model sexual...
Rent Increases

Take 1.5% and 2.5% Rent Increases for Renewal Leases

July 29, 2019    
On June 25, 2019, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) issued an order—RGBO #51—setting the rent increases you may take for rent-stabilized tenants in New York City on leases beginning anytime on or after Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2012. The board is mandated to establish...
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Stuy Town Owner Halts Upgrades Due to 2019 Rent Law

July 29, 2019    
The Blackstone Group, owner of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, Manhattan’s largest apartment complex, is halting apartment renovations and other planned work at Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village in response to the changes to the state’s rent-regulation laws passed by Albany...