Feature

NYS Cooling Tower Regs Go into Effect to Reduce Legionella Infections

August 19, 2016    
On July 6, 2016, the New York State Department of Health’s final regulations applicable to all owners of buildings with cooling towers went into effect. The new regulations grew out of emergency regulations the Department adopted last summer when 138 residents of the South Bronx fell ill with...
Rent Increases

How to Calculate RGBO #48 Vacancy Lease Increases

August 19, 2016    
If you sign a vacancy lease with a tenant between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, the new order issued on June 27 by the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)—RGBO #48—lets you collect the vacancy increases permitted under the Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997 (RRRA).
Rent Increases

HCR Simplifies Obtaining MCI Increases for Accessibility Ramps

August 19, 2016    
In May 2016, the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) issued a processing directive allowing applications for a rent increase for installing accessibility ramps as a major capital improvement (MCI). An MCI is a permanent increase in rent for a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled tenant,...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2016

August 19, 2016    
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS Tenant Refused Access for Window Installation Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on building-wide installation of new windows. The DHCR ruled for landlord. One tenant filed an Article 78 appeal, claiming that the DHCR’s decision was unreasonable because she...
Feature

HUD's Criminal Background Screening Guidelines May Limit Tenant Screening Policies

July 13, 2016    
In April, HUD’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued guidance addressing how refusing to rent or renew a lease based on an individual’s criminal history could violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Although the guidance does not have the force of law, it shows how HUD intends to...
Rent Increases

RGB Approves Back-to-Back One-Year Rent Freeze, Sets Two-Year Increase at 2 Percent

July 13, 2016    
On June 27, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted for a 0 percent increase on one-year leases, and a 2 percent increase on two-year leases. The nine-member board voted 7-0, with two abstentions from the members representing the interests of landlords, to approve a 0 percent increase on one-year...
Management Basics

Submit Right Documents When Making Records Access Request

July 13, 2016    
From time to time, you may need to ask the DHCR for certain information or documents. For example, you may be defending against a reduced services complaint and want to see the DHCR inspection report, or you may want a printout of all cases currently pending at the DHCR for a building you’ve...
In the News

Report Finds More Than Half of NYC’s Airbnb Listings in 2015 Were Illegal; Airbnb Responds

July 13, 2016    
Following a report that found that over half of Airbnb listings in New York City were illegal, Airbnb has released its own numbers. The report was issued by Housing Conservation Coordinators and MFY Legal Services. It found that 55 percent or almost 30,000 of the more than 51,000 Airbnb listings...
In the News

DOB Plans to Launch Electronic Filing System

July 13, 2016    
The DOB is rolling out a new $29.6 million computer system this summer that will replace an antiquated mainframe that still relies on paper to process all construction permits, safety inspections, and complaints. The new system is called DOB Now, and its purpose is to streamline and digitize nearly...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2016

July 13, 2016    
Landlord’s Negligence: Landlord Not Responsible for Shooting of Two Tenants in Vestibule Tenant and the family of another tenant sued landlord for negligence after they were shot in the building’s public vestibule. One of the tenants died. Landlord asked the court to dismiss the case...