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Supreme Court Limits CEEFPA: Which Eviction Protections Remain?

August 25, 2021    
On Aug. 12, the country’s highest court sided with a group of New York owners who challenged the state’s COVID Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA). The CEEFPA was signed into law in December 2020, effectively freezing nearly all evictions in the state. In the...
Violations

Will Local Law 152 Force Your Illegal Laundry Room to Come Clean?

August 25, 2021    
Complying with the gas piping inspection requirements of Local Law 152 is putting owners of small buildings with illegal laundry rooms in a lather. Local Law 152 was passed as part of a larger package of regulations concerning gas line safety. Specifically, it imposes periodic inspections for gas...
In the News

OTDA Officials Discuss ERAP's Delayed Rollout, Current Progress

August 25, 2021    
On Aug. 10, the state Senate held a hearing with officials from the Office of Temporary and Disability Insurance (OTDA) on the rollout of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
In the News

State Comptroller Reports on ERAP Challenges

August 25, 2021    
The Office of the New York State Comptroller recently issued a report on the problems plaguing the state's rent relief program. The report finds funds slow to move and not reaching low-income and minority New Yorkers. The report discusses the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) rollout...
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How to Implement RGBO #53 Rent Increases

July 22, 2021    
On June 23, the Rent Guidelines Board voted to freeze existing rents for six months before increasing rates by 1.5 percent for the remaining half of the year for one-year leases. The RGB also voted to raise rents on two-year leases by 2.5 percent. The new rates take effect for leases commencing...
Management Basics

OTDA Updates ERA Program FAQs, Clarifies Roommate Eligibility

July 22, 2021    
On June 1, nearly two months after lawmakers first created the $2.4 billion rental relief fund, the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) launched the online application portal allowing tenants and landlords to apply for rental assistance. At the time, OTDA said applications to...
Management Basics

HPD Proposes New Definition for ‘Lead-Based Paint’

July 22, 2021    
To implement Local Law 66 of 2019, HPD has proposed a rule amending the definitions of lead-based paint. Local Law 66 of 2019 outlined new lead reference or action levels and standards relating to lead-based paint hazards.
Violations

City Council Passes Legislation for OATH-ECB Amnesty Program

July 22, 2021    
If you’re eligible, the program will waive a percentage of your penalties and clear your violations.   The New York City Council recently passed Local Law 81 of 2021 to establish a temporary program to resolve outstanding judgments imposed by the Environmental Control Board. Council...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2021

July 22, 2021    
HARASSMENT Landlord Didn’t Have Control Over Resident Who Allegedly Harassed Tenant Tenants sued landlord, claiming breach of warranty of habitability and violations of federal and state housing discrimination laws. The court granted landlord’s request to dismiss the case without trial.
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What Owners Need to Know About the Rent Assistance Program

June 21, 2021    
Here’s how to avoid processing delays.   The application portal for New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has finally opened. As of June 1, eligible tenants and landlords can apply for rental assistance to help them get back on their feet. Many tenants have been...