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Comptroller's Plan Would Temporarily Legalize Basement Apartments

September 12, 2022    

Shortly before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida, which resulted in 11 people drowned in basement apartments during the storm, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander released a report called “Bringing Basement Apartments into the Light.” The report proposes a path to legalize...

OTDA to Begin Processing Additional ERAP Applications

July 28, 2022    

On July 21, the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced that it is “actively reviewing and processing eligible Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications submitted through June 30, 2022.” This announcement came about because the 2022–23...

Judge Orders Owner to Pay $70K for Disability Discrimination

July 28, 2022    

HUD recently announced that an Administrative Law Judge found that a Long Island landlord violated the Fair Housing Act when he refused to rent to a mother and her daughter because of the daughter’s cerebral palsy. The judge ordered the owner to pay $50,530 in damages to the family and a $...

Water Board Approves 4.9% Rate Hike Effective July 1

June 28, 2022    

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for proposing water rates, while the Water Board is responsible for establishing the rate following the proposal and subsequent public hearings. DEP delivers over a billion gallons of drinking water, treats 1.3 billion gallons...

RGB Votes for Rent Increases in Preliminary Vote

May 19, 2022    

In a preliminary vote on May 5, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) recommended increasing rents for rent-stabilized apartment buildings. The RGB is made up of nine mayoral appointees, two of whom represent tenants, two who represent landlords, and another five members who are supposed to act on...

HPD Releases Initial Findings from the 2021 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

May 19, 2022    

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently released selected initial findings from the 2021 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) after state lawmakers voted twice to delay the report by more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to accommodate U...

HPD Steps Up Enforcement of Open Violations in 250 Buildings

March 18, 2022    

HPD's Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP) is a program for apartment buildings that have many Housing Maintenance Code violations. The goal of the program is to improve housing conditions by performing frequent inspections to monitor correction of violations, and issue Orders to Correct if...

Owners Pay City Record $2.25M to Settle Claims of Illegal Evictions and Short-Term Rentals

March 18, 2022    

Mayor Eric Adams and New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement against the owners of a building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for illegally evicting tenants in 2020 and running an unlawful short-term rental operation for four years across nine Brooklyn buildings. The...

City Council Discusses Permanent Open Restaurants Plan

February 18, 2022    

On Feb. 8, the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a joint hearing with the Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection on the proposed permanent open restaurant program. The meeting lasted over eight hours with 250 people testifying for and against the program.

NYC Public Advocate Reveals 2021 Worst Landlords List

December 21, 2021    

The Office of the Public Advocate recently released its annual Worst Landlord Watchlist. The list is an information-sharing tool that enables tenants, public officials, advocates, and other concerned people to identify which residential property owners consistently flout city laws intended to...

OCJ Releases 'Right to Counsel' Progress Report

December 21, 2021    

The Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) within the New York City Human Resources Administration recently released a report on the fourth year’s implementation of the Universal Access to Legal Services or “Right to Counsel” law that was enacted in 2017. The law required the Office of...

ERAP Update: COVID Rent Relief Funds Depleted, Governor Requests More Federal Aid

November 19, 2021    

Nearly 280,000 households have submitted ERAP applications, and the number of payments issued to owners is 81,209 since the application portal opened on June 1, according to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the agency in charge of distributing $2.7 billion through the...