Notify Four Parties When You Change Managing Agent

April 21, 2017    

A managing agent is designated by an owner to be in control of and responsible for the maintenance and operation of the building and to authorize, on behalf of the owner, the correction of any emergency conditions or the making of any emergency repairs. A managing agent must be an individual...

Comply with Fair Housing Law When Managing Common Areas & Amenities

March 17, 2017    

In August 2016, the NYC Commission on Human Rights entered into a settlement agreement with an owner for alleged age discrimination. A rent-stabilized tenant had filed a complaint against a large real estate management company because the company opened an exercise room in the building and...

How to Get DHCR to Waive Useful Life Requirements for MCIs

February 17, 2017    

If you’re planning to do work at your building and expect to get a major capital improvement (MCI) rent increase for it, you probably know that the work must meet the Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s (DHCR) useful life requirements. Those requirements are set out in...

Avoid Overtime Pay Deals that May Result in Wage Complaints

January 24, 2017    

At some point, you may want building staff to work overtime or to handle an extra job. But whether you’re asking a doorman to work extra hours to fill in for vacationing employees or offering a handyman a lump sum to paint an apartment on a Saturday, you need to make sure you pay that...

How to Avoid Fines When Tenants Don't Respond to Window Guard Notice

December 16, 2016    

If you plan to send the annual Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)-required window guard notices to your tenants by Jan. 16, 2017, you may believe you’ve fully complied with your window guard obligations. That’s just the first step, however. If a tenant hasn’t...

Avoid Seven Mistakes That Could Delay Your DHCR Appeal

November 21, 2016    

One day you may get an order from the District Rent Administrator (DRA) denying you a rent increase you think you’re entitled to, or unfairly finding that you’ve overcharged a tenant for decreased services. As a result, you may find yourself filing a petition for administrative...

How to Implement and Enforce a Smoke-Free Policy at Your Building

October 27, 2016    

By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.

How to Settle Nonpayment Cases Involving Repairs

October 7, 2016    

When you sue to evict a tenant for not paying rent, chances are the tenant will claim in court that his apartment needs repairs and use that as an excuse for not paying rent. For example, the tenant may say he’s not paying rent because you haven’t painted his apartment in five years...

Follow State and Federal Laws After Terminating an Employee

September 23, 2016    

You may unknowingly break the law each time you fire or lay off an employee. That’s because there are several state and federal laws that employers must follow when they terminate an employee. These laws involve a lot of paperwork, especially if the terminated employee participated in a...

NYS Cooling Tower Regs Go into Effect to Reduce Legionella Infections

August 19, 2016    

On July 6, 2016, the New York State Department of Health’s final regulations applicable to all owners of buildings with cooling towers went into effect. The new regulations grew out of emergency regulations the Department adopted last summer when 138 residents of the South Bronx fell ill...

HUD's Criminal Background Screening Guidelines May Limit Tenant Screening Policies

July 13, 2016    

In April, HUD’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued guidance addressing how refusing to rent or renew a lease based on an individual’s criminal history could violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Although the guidance does not have the force of law, it shows how HUD intends to...

How to Evict Troublesome Tenants

June 23, 2016    

Few things can cause headaches or lower the value of your building faster than a disruptive or destructive tenant. If you do nothing while a tenant harasses other tenants, you could run into trouble later on. If the tenant harms another building tenant, you may be brought into court to explain...