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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...
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New York State Extends Rent Relief, Broadens Eligibility

January 22, 2021    
The latest application window for COVID rent relief ends Feb. 1. When the New York State Legislature passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 last May, the DHCR was charged with administering the program by disbursing $100 million from the state’s CARES Act money to eligible renters.
Rent Increases

DHCR Updates Reasonable Cost Schedule for MCIs

January 22, 2021    
On Jan. 12, the DHCR issued Operational Bulletin 2021-1, which replaces Operation Bulletin 2020-01. According to the DHCR, this bulletin is designed to be updated annually to reflect reasonable costs associated with major capital improvements (MCIs). The annual bulletin allows the DHCR to respond...
Management Basics

DOF Publishes FY 2022 Tentative Property Tax Assessment Roll

January 22, 2021    
On Jan. 15, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) announced the publication of the tentative property tax assessment roll for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The tax assessment roll set the tentative values for all New York City properties. The FY22 tentative assessment roll shows the total market value of...
Management Basics

Compliance Reminder: Provide Annual Stove Knob Cover Notices

January 22, 2021    
Stove knob covers are an important fire prevention tool. The covers make stove knobs on gas-powered stoves inaccessible to children. Local Law 117, which became effective in December 2018, requires that an owner of multiple dwellings provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where the owner...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: February 2021

January 22, 2021    
EVICTION Court Issues Eviction Warrant Under DRP 213 for Pre-Pandemic Case Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent in October 2019. Landlord and tenant, represented by an attorney, signed a settlement agreement in December 2019. Tenant agreed to pay back rent due, and landlord agreed...
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How to Get DHCR Approval to Demolish a Rent-Regulated Building

December 18, 2020    
The DHCR recently updated its fact sheet related to demolitions. Demolitions have garnered more attention in recent years due to the sweeping changes made to rent regulations as a result of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA). Passed in June 2019, HSTPA severely limited rent...