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Take Complaints About Tenants’ Secondhand Smoke Seriously

November 9, 2018    
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths of infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. And children who...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: Smoking-Related Cases

November 9, 2018    
Smoking in Tenant's Apartment Wasn't Prohibited by Lease and Didn't Constitute Nuisance Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for creating or permitting a nuisance due to excessive cigarette smoke that flowed into next-door tenant's apartment through gaps in the baseboards,...
Q & A

FAQs About the NYC Pet Law and Assistance Animals

November 9, 2018    
The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on an individual’s disability, and requires a housing provider to make “reasonable accommodations” that are necessary for a person with a disability to fully use and enjoy his or her...
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Check to Make Sure Person Who Signs Renewal Lease Is the Tenant

October 24, 2018    
Generally, tenants in rent-stabilized apartments must be offered renewal leases. The renewal lease can be for a term of one or two years, at the tenant’s choice and is at a rate set by the Rent Guidelines Board. The renewal lease offer must be made on a form created by or on a facsimile...
Management Basics

DHCR Increases Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2018–19

October 24, 2018    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced an increase in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $26.42, up 40 cents from $26.02 last year. This year’s decrease reflects a 1.5 percent...
Management Basics

Building Owner Heating Obligations as 'Heat Season' Begins

October 24, 2018    
During the previous “heat season,” the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) fielded 215,138 heat complaints, an increase of 7.8 percent as compared to the previous heat season. The current heat season begins on Oct. 1 and continues through May 31, 2019. During this...
In the News

Committee on Housing and Buildings Meets to Consider Eight Laws

October 24, 2018    
New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings has jurisdiction over the city’s rent regulation policies and practices, as well as the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The committee met on Oct. 16 to consider various...
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Submit Tenant Protection Plan, Post Notices for Buildings Occupied During Construction

September 20, 2018    
Last year, the city’s focus on tenant harassment culminated in Mayor de Blasio signing a package of bills into law that gave sweeping protections to renters against tenant harassment and unsafe living conditions. Among the bills signed into law was one for an Office of the Tenant Advocate...
Court Watch

Important 'Four-Year Rule' Decision for Owners in Rent Overcharge Dispute

September 20, 2018    
In August 2018, the Appellate Division for the First Department ruled that, in the absence of fraud, there is a strict four-year lookback limit to calculate damages in rent overcharge cases where an apartment was incorrectly deregulated during the owner’s receipt of J-51 benefits. “This...