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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...

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...

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...

Committee on Housing and Buildings Meets to Consider Eight Laws

October 24, 2018    

New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings has jurisdiction over the city’s rent regulation policies and practices, as well as the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The committee met on Oct. 16 to consider...

City Targets Over 1,000 Buildings for New Tenant Protection Program

October 24, 2018    

The de Blasio Administration recently announced the implementation of the Certification of No Harassment (CONH) Pilot Program, established by a new law that requires buildings that meet certain criteria to certify that no tenant harassment has taken place before being granted construction...

Councilman Calls for Probe into Uncollected Building and Sanitation Fines

September 20, 2018    

In April of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three bills that were designed to help the city collect $1.6 billion in outstanding fines for everything from building code infractions to tickets from the sanitation department. But the latest figures indicate that the value of the city’s...

DOB Hits Landlords of Illegal Hotels with $285K in Fines

September 20, 2018    

The DOB recently issued 43 violations and $285,375 in penalties against landlords for illegal transient use of 11 different buildings. Although the city has long prohibited renting out apartments as hotels, the rise of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb and Homeaway.com have driven a...

De Blasio Administration Releases Mayor's FY 2018 Management Report

September 20, 2018    

The de Blasio administration recently released the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR) for Fiscal Year 2018, an analysis of city agencies’ performance from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. The MMR presents more than 1,700 metrics from 45 city agencies that measure the city’s...

Mayor Signs Airbnb Disclosure Rules into Law

August 27, 2018    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a landmark bill that forces home-sharing companies such as Airbnb to disclose information about its New York City hosts. The new law will take effect in February 2019 and requires Airbnb to disclose the names and addresses of its hosts. The...

Attorney General Creates $8M Restitution Fund for Former Croman Tenants

August 27, 2018    

Last October, New York landlord Steven Croman was sent to jail for a year and fined $5 million after being found criminally liable for fraud and tax evasion. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood recently announced that Croman’s former tenants could be in for a share of an $8 million...

DHCR Updates Security Deposit and Demolition Fact Sheets

August 27, 2018    

Fact Sheets describe the major elements of rent control and rent stabilization in New York City. The DHCR recently updated Fact Sheet #9, which covers security deposits and other charges, and Fact Sheet #11, which covers demolition.

The update to Fact Sheet #9 says the security deposit...

City Council Approves Inwood Rezoning

August 27, 2018    

The City Council recently overwhelmingly approved a plan to rezone a large swath of Inwood. The proposal is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone up to 15 neighborhoods across the city and create and preserve 300,000 units of low-income housing by 2026. Inwood became the fifth...