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How to Implement RGBO #53 Rent Increases

July 22, 2021    
On June 23, the Rent Guidelines Board voted to freeze existing rents for six months before increasing rates by 1.5 percent for the remaining half of the year for one-year leases. The RGB also voted to raise rents on two-year leases by 2.5 percent. The new rates take effect for leases commencing...
Management Basics

OTDA Updates ERA Program FAQs, Clarifies Roommate Eligibility

July 22, 2021    
On June 1, nearly two months after lawmakers first created the $2.4 billion rental relief fund, the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) launched the online application portal allowing tenants and landlords to apply for rental assistance. At the time, OTDA said applications to...
Management Basics

HPD Proposes New Definition for ‘Lead-Based Paint’

July 22, 2021    
To implement Local Law 66 of 2019, HPD has proposed a rule amending the definitions of lead-based paint. Local Law 66 of 2019 outlined new lead reference or action levels and standards relating to lead-based paint hazards.
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City Council Passes Legislation for OATH-ECB Amnesty Program

July 22, 2021    
If you’re eligible, the program will waive a percentage of your penalties and clear your violations.   The New York City Council recently passed Local Law 81 of 2021 to establish a temporary program to resolve outstanding judgments imposed by the Environmental Control Board. Council...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2021

July 22, 2021    
HARASSMENT Landlord Didn’t Have Control Over Resident Who Allegedly Harassed Tenant Tenants sued landlord, claiming breach of warranty of habitability and violations of federal and state housing discrimination laws. The court granted landlord’s request to dismiss the case without trial.
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What Owners Need to Know About the Rent Assistance Program

June 21, 2021    
Here’s how to avoid processing delays.   The application portal for New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has finally opened. As of June 1, eligible tenants and landlords can apply for rental assistance to help them get back on their feet. Many tenants have been...
Management Basics

File 2021 Rent Registrations Online by July 31

June 21, 2021    
You must file an Annual Apartment Registration application with the DHCR for every rent-stabilized apartment you own by July 31, 2021, using the DHCR’s online Owner Rent Regulation Application (ORRA) system. New York State law also requires owners to provide each tenant in occupancy with a...
In the News

New Document Required for All Permits in DOB NOW

June 21, 2021    
The DOB’s new property ownership certification for Local Law 160 of 2017 is now available. According to a recent DOB Service Notice, as of June 30, 2021, all applications (except LAAs, electrical, and elevator jobs) will require this form to proceed in DOB NOW, the online platform for...
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DOB Announces Construction Site Sweep for Safety Violations

June 21, 2021    
DOB Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced on June 1 that teams of DOB enforcement inspectors are mobilizing across the five boroughs to perform safety sweeps of construction sites, to ensure that they are safe for both workers and the public.
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State Legislature Passes Bill Extending the J-51 Program

June 21, 2021    
The New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation extending the J-51 property tax exemption and abatement program. The J-51 tax incentive is an as-of-right tax exemption and abatement for residential rehabilitation or conversion to multiple dwellings. J-51 participants are exempt...