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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...

NYS Coalition Calls for $10B for Emergency Housing and Rental Assistance

April 23, 2020    

On April 14, New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, and over 200 state senators, Assembly members, City Council members, county executives, city-wide elected officials, tenant advocates, and owner organizations sent a letter to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten...

Judge Temporarily Blocks State Guidance Barring Brokers' Fees

February 21, 2020    

Recently, a New York State judge temporarily blocked the state’s guidance that had effectively barred tenants from having to pay a broker fee. The judge’s order prevents legal action against brokers who collect a fee, until both sides can present their case on March 13, 2020.

City Comptroller Proposes 'Tenant Bill of Rights' Flyer with Every Lease

February 20, 2020    

City Comptroller Scott Stringer recently issued a policy brief calling for a “Tenant Bill of Rights” to be provided in every lease packet. He’s calling for legislation that would mandate this communication. Stringer believes current leases are confusing to tenants and can hide...

NYC's Right-to-Counsel Program Expands to Five More Neighborhoods

December 17, 2019    

The de Blasio administration recently announced the expansion of free legal services to more New York residents facing eviction. This expansion represents the next phase in the right-to-counsel initiative, originally passed in 2017 by the City Council, which became the first-in-the-nation plan...

Bill Requires Units for Homeless in City-Backed Projects

December 17, 2019    

As New York City grapples with record numbers of homeless people, city officials have agreed to force developers of designated low-income projects to set aside 15 percent of the units for the homeless. The requirement will be the centerpiece of a bill that has broad support among City Council...