Feature

COVID-19 Outbreak: Building Management Best Practices

March 19, 2020    
The risk of COVID transmission in residential buildings is low—as long as you follow proper protocols.  
Court Watch

Chief Administrative Judge Announces Statewide Eviction Ban

March 19, 2020    
Due to the coronavirus, New York State has suspended eviction proceedings indefinitely. A memo issued by New York’s Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Malks effectively suspended eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders until further notice.
Rent Increases

IAIs Made Prior to HSTPA Enactment Not Limited to $15,000 Cap

March 19, 2020    
In early February, the DHCR released its online service that enables building owners to report information concerning individual apartment improvements (IAIs) for apartments subject to rent stabilization or rent control as required by the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019...
Management Basics

Follow HSTPA Security Deposit Rules to Minimize Consumer Fraud Complaints

March 19, 2020    
At the beginning of March, to kick off National Consumer Protection Week, New York Attorney General Letitia James released the top 10 consumer fraud complaints her office received in 2019. After analyzing all consumer complaints received statewide throughout 2019, the AG’s office found that...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2020

March 19, 2020    
PASSING ON APARTMENTS Rent-Stabilized Tenant’s Daughter Forged Tenant’s Name on Renewal Leases Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant and his daughter. Landlord claimed that tenant left the apartment in 2004 and began living elsewhere, without notifying landlord of the change in...
Feature

How to Comply with DOB's Stricter Façade Inspection Requirements

February 21, 2020    
Most owners know that NYC’s façade inspection safety program (FISP), formerly known as Local Law 11, requires periodic inspections of a building’s exterior façades. These inspection requirements were initiated in response to fatal injuries from falling masonry. Most recently, in...
Rent Increases

How to Collect 2020–21 MBR Increases for Rent-Controlled Units

February 21, 2020    
NYC Local Law 30 of 1970 stipulates that Maximum Base Rents be established for rent-controlled apartments according to a formula calculated to reflect real estate taxes, water and sewer charges, operating and maintenance expenses, return on capital value, and vacancy and collection loss allowance....
Dos & Don'ts

Think Twice Before Upgrading to Biometric Entry System

February 21, 2020    
If you have rent-stabilized tenants in your building and you’re considering switching from a key- or fob-based entry system to a biometric fingerprint system, you may want to reconsider.
In the News

Judge Temporarily Blocks State Guidance Barring Brokers' Fees

February 21, 2020    
Recently, a New York State judge temporarily blocked the state’s guidance that had effectively barred tenants from having to pay a broker fee. The judge’s order prevents legal action against brokers who collect a fee, until both sides can present their case on March 13, 2020.
In the News

City Comptroller Proposes 'Tenant Bill of Rights' Flyer with Every Lease

February 20, 2020    
City Comptroller Scott Stringer recently issued a policy brief calling for a “Tenant Bill of Rights” to be provided in every lease packet. He’s calling for legislation that would mandate this communication. Stringer believes current leases are confusing to tenants and can hide...