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How to Tell If Tenant Has Corrected Illegal Sublet

November 26, 2018    
Before you sue to evict a tenant for illegally subletting an apartment, you must send the tenant a legal document called a “notice to cure,” which gives the tenant a chance to correct the illegal sublet. If you end up in court on your illegal sublet claim and win, the court will usually...
New Laws & Regs

Stovetop Knob Cover Law Goes into Effect on Dec. 6

November 26, 2018    
Effective Dec. 6, 2018, per Local Law 117, the owner of a multiple dwelling must provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under 6 years of age resides. Owners must also provide stove knob covers in a unit without a child under age...
New Laws & Regs

Asthma-Free Housing Act Goes into Effect Jan. 19

November 26, 2018    
This past January, the New York City Council passed Local Law 55, the Asthma-Free Housing Act. The law intends to combat rising asthma rates and improve the quality of life for more than one million New Yorkers who have been diagnosed with asthma. Effective Jan. 19, 2019, under Local Law 55 of 2018...
In the News

Democrats Take Control of State Senate, Cuomo Pledges to End Vacancy Decontrol

November 26, 2018    
The Democrats seized control of the New York State Senate with the recent election by winning eight Republican-held seats. With the victory, Democrats have a decisive majority in the state Senate. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is expected to become the Senate majority leader, making her the first...
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Most New Apartments Concentrated in Brooklyn, Queens Neighborhoods

November 26, 2018    
According to a new report from Localize.city, more than half of the new units expected to open by 2020 are concentrated in just 10 neighborhoods. All but one in the Lower East Side are in Queens or Brooklyn. In all, New York is expected to get 31,000 new units by 2020. The wave continues to build...
In the News

Mayor Appoints Senior Advisor for Citywide Lead Prevention

November 26, 2018    
Mayor de Blasio recently announced that Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will be named Senior Advisor for Citywide Lead Prevention to coordinate citywide efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure to zero. Since 2005, there has been a nearly 90 percent decrease in the number of New York City...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2018

November 26, 2018    
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Take Complaints About Tenants’ Secondhand Smoke Seriously

November 9, 2018    
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths of infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. And children who...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: Smoking-Related Cases

November 9, 2018    
Smoking in Tenant's Apartment Wasn't Prohibited by Lease and Didn't Constitute Nuisance Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for creating or permitting a nuisance due to excessive cigarette smoke that flowed into next-door tenant's apartment through gaps in the baseboards,...
Q & A

FAQs About the NYC Pet Law and Assistance Animals

November 9, 2018    
The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on an individual’s disability, and requires a housing provider to make “reasonable accommodations” that are necessary for a person with a disability to fully use and enjoy his or her...