Online Alerts

Judge Greenlights Plan to Take Control of Owner’s Buildings for Illegal Airbnb Activity

November 1, 2017    
A state appellate court recently approved the city’s plan to take over an owner’s properties after he allegedly failed to prevent his tenants from “Airbnb-ing” their apartments. In August, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge found the owner of several Midtown rental buildings...
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HPD Finalizes Rules Concerning Gas Leak Notices, Procedures

October 19, 2017    
HPD has officially adopted amendments to Administrative Code Section 27-2005, which governs procedures during suspected gas leaks and recordkeeping for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. As a result of adopting the amendments and finalizing the proposed rule, HPD has formally adopted the...
Rent Increases

DHCR Issues MCI Policy Statement Regarding Non-Construction Costs

October 19, 2017    
When you get a major capital improvement (MCI) performed at your building, you may have non-construction expenses such as general contractor or architect/engineer fees related to the underlying MCI project. For example, you may hire an engineer when you get your building’s parapet replaced....
Management Basics

DHCR Reduces Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2017-18

October 19, 2017    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced a cut in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $26.02, down 63 cents from $26.65 last year. This year’s decrease reflects the decrease in the...
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Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2017

October 19, 2017    
ACCESS Tenant Repeatedly Refused Access to Landlord Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant who repeatedly refused access for inspection and performance of repairs. The court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the housing court didn't give him a post-judgment...
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How to Deal with a Tenant's 'Nuisance' Pet

September 19, 2017    
Tenants often have pets that cause problems. For example, a tenant’s dog may relieve itself in the building’s hallways, bark at all hours of the day and night, or threaten other tenants. You can get rid of problem pets, whether or not the tenant’s lease bars pets. To do so, you...
Management Basics

Building Owner Obligations as Heating Season Begins, New Heating Requirements

September 19, 2017    
During the previous “heat season,” the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) fielded 200,224 heat complaints. The current heat season begins on Oct. 1 and continues through May 31, 2018. During this time period, residential building owners with tenants are required by...
In the News

New Smoking Policy Rule Goes into Effect Next Year

September 19, 2017    
For years, the city has banned smoking in the common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Beginning in February 2018, the city will extend this prohibition to include buildings with three or more units. In addition, Mayor de Blasio recently signed a measure into law that will require...
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Bedbug Law Update Will Take Effect for 2018

September 19, 2017    
As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, starting Nov. 6, 2017, all owners must attempt to obtain bedbug infestation history from tenants including any remedial or eradication methods. The new law requires owners to share written bedbug infestation histories with tenants on an annual basis. Notices...
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Mayor's Plan Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Buildings

September 19, 2017    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed new mandates that would force building owners to make sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative would mandate that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, insulation,...