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How to Avoid Lawful Source-of-Income Discrimination Charges

March 19, 2021    
A recent lawsuit filed by the Housing Rights Initiative (HRI) against 88 brokerage firms and landlords brought attention to source-of-income discrimination. This discrimination is the illegal practice by landlords, owners, and brokers of refusing to rent to current or prospective tenants seeking to...
New Laws & Regs

New Reasons DOB May Deny Your Permits: Excessive Violations, Monies Owed

March 19, 2021    
In March, two local laws affecting owners’ ability to pull permits from the DOB have gone into effect. While Local Law 104 of 2019 and Local Law 160 of 2017 have been on the books for some time, the DOB and HPD only recently have issued details for enforcement of these regulations.
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City Council Examines De Blasio’s $92.3B Preliminary Budget

March 19, 2021    
The New York City Council recently began its examination of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which begins July 1. At $92.3 billion, it’s almost $3 billion less than this year’s budget. The mayor’s preliminary budget came out at a time of...
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State Eviction Moratorium Pause Ends

March 19, 2021    
The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020, signed by the governor on Dec. 28, 2020, suspended eviction and foreclosure proceedings for 60 days to give renters and homeowners the opportunity to submit a hardship declaration. The suspension ended Feb. 26.
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Evictions Drop 80% in 2020

March 19, 2021    
A total of 3,059 tenants were evicted from New York City apartments in all of 2020, according to recent data provided by the city’s Department of Investigation (DOI). The data was compiled by DOI from reports submitted by city marshals, who are charged with enforcing court orders, including...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2021

March 19, 2021    
EVICTION Court Must Delay Eviction Under COVID Emergency Law Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. The trial court ruled for landlord, issued an eviction warrant, but delayed execution on the warrant until Jan. 1, 2021, based on the 2020 Tenant Safe Harbor Act. Tenant later sought...
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How Will NY Implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

February 19, 2021    
State lawmakers recently introduced a newly amended bill that’s intended to meet the federal requirements of the COVID-19 rent-relief measure enacted in December 2020. The federal rent relief package included $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. New York State is expected to receive at...
Violations

Clear Outstanding Heat & Hot Water Violations to Avoid Rent Cuts

February 19, 2021    
As New York City deals with winter storms and temperature swings, heat and hot water complaints are likely to be the most common type of service complaint you’ll face. A tenant or group of tenants may file a complaint with HPD and may also seek a rent reduction through the Division of Housing...
New Laws & Regs

Local Law 1 Expands to Cover One- and Two-Unit Buildings

February 19, 2021    
Local Law 29 of 2020 became effective on Feb. 11, 2021. It expanded the application of New York City’s lead paint rules to include tenant-occupied, one- and two-unit buildings. Before Local Law 29 went into effect, most of Local Law 1, NYC’s lead poisoning prevention law, had applied to...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: March 2021

February 19, 2021    
BUILDING VIOLATIONS Court Conducts Virtual Inspection of Tenant’s Apartment Tenant sued landlord in housing court, claiming various apartment conditions required repair. HPD inspected the unit and issued violations. Landlord agreed to abate the violations and agreed upon access dates. Tenant...