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NYC Human Rights Commission Charges Five Owners with Source of Income Discrimination

January 24, 2017    

The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently announced five complaints filed against large owners and brokerage firms for repeatedly refusing to accept housing vouchers. The complaints allege discrimination against prospective tenants based on their lawful source of income, a violation of the NYC...

City Council to Introduce Construction Safety Bills

January 24, 2017    

The New York City Council is expected to introduce a package of bills aimed at addressing the increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the construction industry. The city recorded 24 construction deaths over a two-year period—11 each year for workers and two passersby. The city...

DOF Publishes FY 2018 Tentative Property Tax Assessment Roll

January 24, 2017    

According to new data from the city’s Department of Finance (DOF), the total tentative market value for all assessed properties in New York City increased to $1.157 trillion this year, an 8.74 percent increase from 2016, when the total crossed $1 trillion for the first time.

Legislation Allowing Installation of Remote Heat Sensors in the Works

December 16, 2016    

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently joined affected tenants and housing lawyers in announcing a lawsuit based on data from a technology partnership that monitors heating-related harassment in Brooklyn apartment buildings. They discussed how residents across the borough are utilizing...

Proposed Law Would Require Sidewalk Scaffolding Removal After Three Months

December 16, 2016    

According to the DOB, there are 9,000 sidewalk sheds in NYC. They are installed to protect people from falling masonry and other debris. However, some feel they are staying up too long. City Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side, recently proposed a new law that would give...

New Study Predicts Rising Sea Levels, Extensive Flooding in NYC

December 16, 2016    

The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, recently came out with a new report that draws attention to the threat to the New York metropolitan area from sea level rise cause by climate change. The report is called “Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens...

Cuomo Strikes Deal for Possible Revival of 421-a Program

November 21, 2016    

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has reached a deal with developers and union construction officials to revive the 421-a program. The program expired in January. It grants cuts in property taxes to developers who set aside subsidized apartments for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families or...

Mayor Signs Legislation Expediting ‘Build it Back’ Construction Work

November 21, 2016    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation that will expedite approval of demolition and construction work performed by city-procured contractors under the Build it Back program, which aims to rebuild communities and homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Legislation Introduced to Audit 20 Percent of 421-a Buildings

November 21, 2016    

Two bills, Int. 1366 and Int. 1359, were recently introduced in the City Council by the chamber’s housing committee chair, Jumaane Williams, and Stephen Levin. The first bill would require HPD to audit a certain number of buildings receiving benefits under section 421-a of the real...

City Council Passes Bills to Tighten Gas Safety Rules

November 21, 2016    

As a response to two deadly gas explosions that occurred in February 2016 in the East Village and March 2014 in East Harlem, the City Council recently passed a package of bills to tighten gas safety rules at city buildings.

Airbnb Organizes NY Hosts in Lobbying Effort to Fight Bill

October 7, 2016    

Airbnb is trying to counter the lobbying force of its opponents in the hotel and real estate industries by organizing its 46,000 New York users. Airbnb is pushing back against the Share Better coalition, which includes many city and state politicians, housing groups, and the New York Hotel...

City Council Holds Hearing on Bill Guaranteeing Lawyer for Tenants Facing Eviction

October 7, 2016    

The City Council recently held a hearing on a bill, known as 214-a, that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee lawyers for any low-income residents facing eviction. Unlike defendants in criminal cases, individuals who cannot afford an attorney in civil...

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