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City Council Considers Tenant Protection Bill Package

December 18, 2018    
Speaker Corey Johnson recently introduced a package of bills that focus on protecting tenants in rent-stabilized apartments from harassment by the owners. With the speaker in support of them, the bills have a good chance of passage in the Democrat-controlled Council with some minor revisions and...
Management Basics

Complete Annual Bedbug Filing with HPD by Jan. 31

December 18, 2018    
HPD’s bedbug portal is now available and, for this current filing period, owners have until Jan. 31, 2019, to complete their annual bedbug filing. You can find the online application through HPD’s homepage under the Quick Links section at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/index.page.
In the News

Borough President Suggests Tax Breaks in Exchange for New Rent Restrictions

December 18, 2018    
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., recently proposed pairing new rent restrictions with a tax-break for property owners. The plan is intended to end the threat of sudden, significant rent increases in regulated apartments where tenants currently enjoy preferential rents and compensate owners...
In the News

Furman Center Releases Policy Brief on Housing Court Legal Assistance

December 18, 2018    
The NYU Furman Center recently released a policy brief on New York City’s Universal Access to Counsel (UAC) program, which guarantees legal representation for income-eligible tenants facing eviction in Housing Court. In 2017, New York City enacted the first legislation in the country...
In the News

Brian Kavanagh to Chair NY Senate Housing Committee

December 18, 2018    
State Senator Brian Kavanagh has been appointed chair of the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development. This means he will be an influential voice as the Senate, under Democratic control for the first time in nearly a decade, makes a big push for stronger tenant...
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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...