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Judge Says Landmark Stuy Town Ruling Applies Retroactively

September 21, 2011    

A New York State appellate court ruling handed down recently may have broad implications for tenants across the city. In a decision that could benefit potentially thousands of New York City residents, the court held that a landmark 2009 ruling involving illegally deregulated apartments should be...

Judge Issues Arrest Warrants for Three Brooklyn Owners

August 21, 2011    


Three Brooklyn owners of distressed properties were arrested recently for failing to comply with court orders directing them to correct hazardous housing violations on their properties and failing to appear in court, according to the city's Department of Housing Preservation...

Apartment Demand Rises, Owners End Concessions

July 17, 2011    

In the past few months, Manhattan rents have continued to rise and vacancy rates have hit a new low, according to reports released on July 8 by Citi Habitats. Manhattan's apartment vacancy rate was 0.72 percent in the second quarter, the lowest vacancy rate that Citi Habitats has seen since...

Bloomberg Unveils New Approach to Target Illegal Conversions

June 19, 2011    

In a statement released by his office recently, Mayor Bloomberg outlined how the city plans to deal with dangerous illegally converted apartments. A multi-agency task force, chaired by Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt, developed a risk assessment model that will be applied to illegal...

Bronx Fire Deaths Spark Crackdown on Illegal Apartments

May 19, 2011    

City fire and building officials will search for new ways to target landlords who unlawfully subdivide their properties, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the wake of an April 25 Bronx fire that killed a family of three living in illegal subdivided housing.

City Hands Out Fines for Violations of Bedbug Mattress Law

April 19, 2011    

The New York City Department of Sanitation requires city residents to fully seal any mattresses or box springs in plastic bags before leaving them out for curbside pickup. Failure to do so can result in a $100 fine. The law is intended to help slow the spread of bedbugs.

Judge Says Owner Neglected Secondhand Smoke Complaint

March 25, 2011    

A district court judge in Nassau County recently ruled that an Upper East Side tenant could break her lease and pay reduced rent because when she had complained about a neighbor's cigarette smoking, the landlord failed to take appropriate action to alleviate the secondhand smoke.

Discrimination Settlement Could Affect Thousands of Apartments

November 24, 2010    

A settlement between a developer and the U.S. government has owners across the city fearing they'll be forced to make changes at tens of thousands of apartments to comply with federal law preventing discrimination against the disabled.

Investigation: Too Many Illegally Converted Apartments

October 31, 2010    

Mayor Bloomberg and DOB Commissioner LiMandri recently announced the results of an undercover operation to crack down on illegally converted dwellings and hold property owners accountable for putting potential tenants and first responders at risk.

New Law Makes It Easier for City to Shut Down Illegal Hotels

August 29, 2010    

Governor Paterson recently signed into law a measure giving the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels. The law removes a legal gray area that contributed to the problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms so they can charge more than rent laws allow. It provides a clear...

Court Invalidates Prior Years' Low-Rent Supplements

July 25, 2010    

For two subsequent years before this year's Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) order, the RGB authorized a fixed rent increase that affected only tenants who have lived in their apartments for six years or longer and had legal rents of $1,000 or less. Approximately 300,000 apartments had renewal...

DOB Appoints New Enforcement Official, Initiates Sweeping Balcony Inspections

May 31, 2010    

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has been under increased scrutiny in the past few years, after a series of tragic construction accidents and the recent guilty plea by a construction crane company that it paid off a top city inspector to shortcut safety inspections and licensing exams. The...