Feature

Three Ways to Prepare for Covert Fair Housing Testers

January 21, 2020    
The de Blasio administration recently released a draft report that outlined plans to promote fair housing in New York City for the next five years. The impetus for the “Where We Live” report began during the Obama administration when the federal government wanted to strengthen...
Rent Increases

Use DHCR's Online Service for New IAI Reporting Requirements

January 21, 2020    
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019 requires owners to notify the DHCR of all individual apartment improvements (IAIs) and requires the DHCR to establish a “centralized electronic retention system” for tracking IAIs. Recently, the DHCR announced that on or...
New Laws & Regs

How to Comply with LL 110 for Posting, Distributing Notices of Violations

January 21, 2020    
Local Law 110 of 2019 went into effect on Dec. 5, 2019. This law requires residential property owners to post or sometimes distribute copies of DOB/OATH (Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings) violations along with an informational flyer for tenants. The requirements of this law apply only...
Management Basics

How to Comply with DOB's Gas Piping Inspections Requirements

January 21, 2020    
In 2014 and 2015, New York City experienced two deadly gas explosions that prompted lawmakers to pass gas safety legislation in 2016. One explosion in March 2014 brought down two five-story apartment buildings in East Harlem, leaving more than 100 families homeless. And the other explosion occurred...
Management Basics

DOF Publishes FY 2021 Tentative Assessment Roll

January 21, 2020    
On Jan. 15, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) announced the publication of the tentative property assessment roll for fiscal year (FY) 2021, which shows the total market value of all NYC properties for the upcoming year at about $1.378 trillion, an increase of $62 billion, or 4.7 percent from the...
Feature

The Climate Mobilization Act: What You Need to Know

December 30, 2019    
Last April, the New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a package of legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from NYC buildings and improving their energy efficiency. The goal of the new law is to reduce overall carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by...
Feature

How to Comply with FDNY Rules for Fire Safety Plans, Notices

December 17, 2019    
In November 2019, the latest FDNY rules implementing Local Laws 114 and 115 of 2018 went into effect. These particular rules pertain to providing an emergency planning checklist to apartment residents and posting “Close the Door” signs in conspicuous locations. And in recent years, new...
Management Basics

Complete Annual Bedbug Reporting Requirement with HPD by Dec. 31

December 17, 2019    
As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, apartment building owners are required to file bedbug infestation and treatment reports with HPD annually. When the law became effective, the initial due date for the filing was Jan. 31, 2019. Now, owners are required to file a Bedbug Annual Report between Dec....
In the News

NYC's Right-to-Counsel Program Expands to Five More Neighborhoods

December 17, 2019    
The de Blasio administration recently announced the expansion of free legal services to more New York residents facing eviction. This expansion represents the next phase in the right-to-counsel initiative, originally passed in 2017 by the City Council, which became the first-in-the-nation plan to...
In the News

Bill Requires Units for Homeless in City-Backed Projects

December 17, 2019    
As New York City grapples with record numbers of homeless people, city officials have agreed to force developers of designated low-income projects to set aside 15 percent of the units for the homeless. The requirement will be the centerpiece of a bill that has broad support among City Council...