Feature

Follow Four Rules to Guard Against Race Discrimination Claims

March 27, 2018    
Last October, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a New York City-based nonprofit civil rights organization, filed a lawsuit against an apartment building owner for allegedly defying housing discrimination laws. The owner, through its employees, allegedly lied to African Americans about the...
Management Basics

DHCR Issues Updated Rider Required for All Rent-Stabilized Leases

March 27, 2018    
The DHCR recently issued a new lease rider, and similar addenda for those rental properties outside of New York City, that must be attached to all vacancy and renewal leases for rent-stabilized apartments. The new rider has multiple sections, but only the first two sections must be filled out by...
New Laws & Regs

DOB Proposes Rules Expanding Energy Benchmarking Regulations

March 27, 2018    
DOB is proposing to amend rules relating to the annual reporting of energy and water use by individual “covered” buildings. Local Law 84, the benchmarking law, was enacted in 2009 and currently affects all buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. The law requires owners to enter their...
In the News

City Suspends 421-a Benefits to More Than 1,700 Non-Compliant Owners

March 27, 2018    
HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha recently announced the suspension of 421-a benefits to more than 1,700 owners who haven’t complied with the requirements of the program. The suspensions are the latest phase of a multi-stage, multi-...
In the News

HPD Releases Initial Findings of 2017 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

March 27, 2018    
HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer recently released the initial results of the 2017 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS). The survey is required by state and city rent regulation laws to determine New York City’s overall vacancy rate for rental housing. It’s conducted...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2018

March 27, 2018    
EVICTION Landlord Can’t Enforce Eviction Warrant After Later Signing Renewal Lease by Mistake Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized and subsidized tenant for entering into at least 15 short-term rentals of her apartment at a rate of $350 per night. Tenant’s monthly rent was $546....
Feature

Q&A on HPD's Alternative Enforcement Program

February 23, 2018    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that 250 apartment buildings have been placed in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD’s) Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). The AEP was established in 2007 with the New York City Safe Housing Law (Local Law No. 29 of...
Rent Increases

How to Collect 2018–19 MBR Increases for Rent-Controlled Units

February 23, 2018    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently updated its website with the necessary forms you have to fill out to start the process for increasing the rents of your rent-controlled apartments during the 2018-19 maximum base rent (MBR) cycle. Once you receive the orders of...