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Handling Reasonable Accommodation Requests from Tenants with Nonobvious Disabilities

December 20, 2017    
The DHCR recently revised Operational Bulletin 2016-1 to include changes or modifications made to an apartment that are reasonable modifications for a tenant with disabilities. Operational Bulleting 2016-1 provides guidance to owners and tenants of rent-stabilized apartments on how the DHCR will...
Rent Increases

DHCR Releases Preliminary Standard Adjustment Factor for 2018–19 MBR Cycle

December 20, 2017    
The rents in rent-controlled apartments in New York City are governed by the Maximum Base Rent (MBR) system. This system is based on a mathematical formula for computing the maximum rent levels for each controlled apartment in the city. This theoretical MBR represents an approximation of the actual...
In the News

City Council Passes Bill Protecting Immigrant Tenants from Harassment

December 20, 2017    
The City Council recently approved a bill that bars owners from asking immigrant tenants for proof of citizenship. Int. No. 1678, introduced by Councilmember Peter Koo of District 20, amends the definition of “harassment” under the Housing Maintenance Code to include discriminatory...
In the News

City Council Expands the Definition of ‘Harassment’

December 20, 2017    
The City Council recently passed Councilmember Jumaane Williams’s bill, Intro 1721-A. The bill expands the definition of “harassment” to include to include knowingly providing any false or misleading information to any resident of an apartment, making multiple false violation...
In the News

Four Lawsuits Target Owners Abusing J-51 Tax Program

December 20, 2017    
Four class action lawsuits were filed recently against three owners believed to be among the biggest abusers of the J-51 tax program in the city. The suits were filed in New York County Supreme Court after an investigation by the non-profit watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative (HRI).
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2018

December 20, 2017    
RENT Landlord Can Evict Tenant for Chronic Nonpayment of Rent Landlord sued to evict tenant for chronic nonpayment of rent. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court that put tenant on probation. Tenant then failed to pay rent on time in June 2015 and didn’t pay any rent...
Feature

How to Respond to a TPU Audit or Investigation

December 11, 2017    
Related Tools: Sample TPU Notices
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What to Do if SCRIE Tenant Doesn’t Renew Eligibility for Benefits

November 28, 2017    
The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) freezes the rent for head-of-household seniors 62 and older who live in rent-regulated apartments. The NYC Department of Finance (DOF) administers SCRIE for rent-regulated (rent-stabilized and rent-...
Management Basics

DHCR Updates Fact Sheet on Preferential Rents

November 28, 2017    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently updated Fact Sheet #40 on preferential rents and rent concessions. Fact sheets provide information to the public on rent regulation. The updated fact sheet reflects changes the Rent Act of 2015 made to vacancy allowances after a...
Management Basics

DHCR Clarifies 421-a Surcharges for Market-Rate Units

November 28, 2017    
Established in 1971 when NYC officials were concerned about the drop in residential construction as residents were moving to the suburbs, the 421-a tax exemption program gave developers an incentive to build on vacant land. The program offered a 10-year tax exemption for building multi-unit...