Feature

City Council Passes Tenant Harassment and Displacement Legislation

May 23, 2019    
The City Council recently passed 17 bills meant to protect tenants and prevent landlords from harassing them out of their apartments. The legislative package includes new rules on renovations, tenant buyouts, housing court process servers, and more. With its passage, owners cannot use construction...
Rent Increases

File High-Income Rent Deregulation Form by June 30

May 23, 2019    
If you have a tenant who’s paying a monthly rent of $2,774.76 or more for a rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartment, it might be time to submit online the second of two Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) forms that may eventually lead to deregulation of the apartment. If...
Violations

Cure Violations for Upcoming 2020–2021 MBR Cycle for Rent-Controlled Apartments

May 23, 2019    
It’s not too soon for owners of buildings that contain rent-controlled units to begin preparing for the upcoming 2020–2021 maximum base rent (MBR) cycle. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has recently released the 2020–2021 MBR forms. The forms that need to be...
In the News

RGB Votes for Rent Increases in Preliminary Vote

May 23, 2019    
In a preliminary vote on May 7, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) recommended increasing rent for rent-stabilized apartment buildings. The board’s preliminary vote inside The Great Hall at Cooper Union in the East Village called for:
In the News

Mayor Appoints New HPD and DOB Commissioners

May 23, 2019    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that Louise Carroll will serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Carroll will work closely with the new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants to create strategies to hold bad landlords accountable.
In the News

Mayor Supports New Regulations to Protect Tenants

May 23, 2019    
In a recent op-ed in the New York Daily News, Mayor de Blasio called on Albany to protect the over two million New Yorkers living in rent-stabilized apartments. The mayor outlined his support for several proposed Albany legislative policies that will close loopholes that predatory landlords depend...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: June 2019

May 23, 2019    
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS Parking Area Wasn’t Commercial Space for MCI Purposes Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof, facade and parapet restoration, bulkhead and entrance doors, intercoms, and related architectural fees. The DRA ruled for landlord but set...
Feature

Give Tenant Advance Notice Before Starting Eviction Proceeding

April 18, 2019    
The Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) requires you to give advance notice to a rent-stabilized tenant before you can seek his eviction in most cases. The notice, known as a termination notice, informs the tenant that he must vacate or give up his apartment by a certain date.
New Laws & Regs

City Council Passes Legislation on Lead Testing and Reporting Requirements

April 18, 2019    
The New York City Council recently passed a package of lead safety bills that’s intended to update and strengthen the city’s lead laws, setting some of the highest standards in the country. The bills include new guidelines for testing for lead in day care centers, testing for lead in...
Management Basics

Large Building Owners to Submit Benchmarking Data by May 1

April 18, 2019    
Local Law 84 (LL84) requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. LL84 standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s...