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City Suspends 421-a Benefits to More Than 1,700 Non-Compliant Owners

March 27, 2018    

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha recently announced the suspension of 421-a benefits to more than 1,700 owners who haven’t complied with the requirements of the program. The suspensions are the latest phase of a multi-stage, multi-...

HPD Releases Initial Findings of 2017 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

March 27, 2018    

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer recently released the initial results of the 2017 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS). The survey is required by state and city rent regulation laws to determine New York City’s overall vacancy rate for rental housing. It’s...

NYC Launches Effort to Study and Reduce Housing Segregation

March 27, 2018    

In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development delayed the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, an Obama-era anti-segregation measure rule, until 2020, saying, “HUD believes that program participants need additional time and technical assistance to...

Mayor Implements Predatory Equity Bill

January 26, 2018    

Last year, the City Council voted unanimously on the “Predatory Equity Bill,” which creates a watch list of rent-regulated buildings where tenants are potentially vulnerable to investors who may want to kick them out. Mayor de Blasio recently signed the bill into law.

Court Upholds Water Board’s 2017 Rate Increase and One-Time Credit

January 26, 2018    

The state’s highest court recently overturned the lower court ruling that blocked a one-time $183 credit for owners of one-, two-, and three-family dwellings. At the same time, the Water Board increased charges in 2017 for owners of apartment, co-op, and condo buildings. Apartment owners...

EPA Ordered to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

January 26, 2018    

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2016 found that despite decades of work to reduce lead in paint, dust, and water, about 3 percent of children around the country exhibit high levels of the metal in their blood. According to the study, the problem is particularly acute in parts...

City Council Passes Bill Protecting Immigrant Tenants from Harassment

December 20, 2017    

The City Council recently approved a bill that bars owners from asking immigrant tenants for proof of citizenship. Int. No. 1678, introduced by Councilmember Peter Koo of District 20, amends the definition of “harassment” under the Housing Maintenance Code to include discriminatory...

City Council Expands the Definition of ‘Harassment’

December 20, 2017    

The City Council recently passed Councilmember Jumaane Williams’s bill, Intro 1721-A. The bill expands the definition of “harassment” to include to include knowingly providing any false or misleading information to any resident of an apartment, making multiple false violation...

Four Lawsuits Target Owners Abusing J-51 Tax Program

December 20, 2017    

Four class action lawsuits were filed recently against three owners believed to be among the biggest abusers of the J-51 tax program in the city. The suits were filed in New York County Supreme Court after an investigation by the non-profit watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative (HRI).

New Smoking Policy Rule Goes into Effect Next Year

September 19, 2017    

For years, the city has banned smoking in the common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Beginning in February 2018, the city will extend this prohibition to include buildings with three or more units. In addition, Mayor de Blasio recently signed a measure into law that will require...

Bedbug Law Update Will Take Effect for 2018

September 19, 2017    

As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, starting Nov. 6, 2017, all owners must attempt to obtain bedbug infestation history from tenants including any remedial or eradication methods. The new law requires owners to share written bedbug infestation histories with tenants on an annual basis. Notices...

Mayor's Plan Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Buildings

September 19, 2017    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed new mandates that would force building owners to make sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative would mandate that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems,...