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City Council Passes Bill to Facilitate Opening of New Buildings

December 18, 2020    

On Dec. 10, 2020, the New York City Council passed Intro. 2033, creating Interim Certificates of Occupancy (ICOs). Certificates of Occupancy are government documents that indicate the legal use and occupancy of buildings.

Cuomo Announces Executive Order to Help Needy Renters

December 18, 2020    

In May, the state legislature passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 to help low-income renters make their monthly rent payments for up to four months. The program was funded by $100 million of federal money. Critics claimed the legislation enabling the act was written far too narrowly,...

NYC Public Advocate Reveals 2020 List of City’s Worst Landlords

December 18, 2020    

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams recently released the annual Worst Landlord Watchlist, which catalogues the 100 most egregiously negligent landlords in New York City as determined by widespread, repeated, and unaddressed violations in buildings on the list. The New York City Housing Authority (...

District Attorney Candidate Wants to Prosecute Owners for IAI Fraud

October 26, 2020    

Diana Florence has joined the crowded field challenging Cyrus Vance, the incumbent District Attorney of New York County. Florence is one of nine candidates challenging incumbent DA Cyrus Vance in a primary race that will culminate next June 2021. She began her career as a prosecutor 25 years ago...

Gov. Cuomo Extends Commercial Eviction, Foreclosure Ban until January

October 26, 2020    

For the fourth time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York in March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will extend a moratorium on evicting commercial tenants, this time until Jan. 1, 2021. The most recent moratorium was set to expire on Oct. 20, and Cuomo’s extension for commercial tenants is...

New Tenant Resource Portal Helps Renters Avoid Eviction

August 26, 2020    

The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT), the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU), and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) jointly launched the NYC Tenant Resource Portal. It’s the city’s online resource to help renters access free...

DOB Launches Boiler Violation Search Portal

August 26, 2020    

The DOB’s Boiler Unit oversees the installation and operation of New York City’s boilers. Owners are responsible for ensuring that their boilers operate safely and are in compliance with the Building Code and all related regulations. The boiler inspection cycle runs from Jan. 1 to...

DHCR Issues Modified Renewal Lease Form

July 23, 2020    

The DHCR has modified the NYC Renewal Lease Form (RTP-8) to incorporate the requirements of Rent Guidelines Board Order #52. With the latest order, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board froze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. For two-year renewal leases, a 1 percent...

NYC Water Board Freezes Rates for FY 2021

July 23, 2020    

On June 15, the NYC Water Board held a public hearing concerning proposed rates and charges for the use of the city’s water and wastewater system. Ultimately, as a result of the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made a formal...

City Council Speaker Airs Concerns Over Canceling Rent

May 21, 2020    

On May 14, when asked about canceling rent on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer show, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for federal financial assistance to help struggling residents pay their rent. He noted that a cancellation of rent could further disrupt the city’s budget, which is...

DHCR Extends Processing and Procedures Deadlines

May 21, 2020    

On April 20, the DHCR updated Advisory Opinion 2020-2 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance with respect to processing and other procedures affecting the Office of Rent Administration (ORA) and Tenant Protection Unit (TPU).

All agency matters that weren’t final as of March 13, 2020...

State Lawmakers Seek to Extend Eviction Moratorium

April 23, 2020    

On April 7, State Senators Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger along with Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz introduced the “Tenant Safe Harbor Act,” which would prohibit owners from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent during New York’s current state of emergency and for six months...