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How to Get Rent Restored After Service Cut

January 22, 2016    

When you get hit with a rent cut for a decrease in services, act quickly to get the rent restored to its former level. Otherwise, you stand to lose a lot of money. For each rent-stabilized tenant whose rent gets cut, you’ll lose at least the most recent guidelines increase. For each rent-...

Avoid Insurance Coverage Disputes with Incident Reporting Procedure

December 18, 2015    

Suppose a tenant’s apartment is burglarized or a building visitor falls when a stairway handrail becomes loose or something happens in your building that causes property loss or bodily injury. Are you certain your employees let you know about certain incidents like these as soon as they...

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Oil-Shorting Scams

November 24, 2015    

Are you paying for more oil than you’re really getting? Unscrupulous oil companies can trick owners about the amount of fuel that’s delivered to a building. Recently, a joint report released by the New York City Department of Investigation and Business Integrity Commission revealed...

Handling Disputes About Assistance Animals

October 30, 2015    

By Eileen O’Toole, Esq.

Ensure Contractor Invoices Prove Cost of Improvement Rent Hikes

October 21, 2015    

When a rent-stabilized tenant complains to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) about a rent overcharge, owners often submit contractors’ invoices as proof of the cost of the equipment installed in or other improvements made to the tenant’s apartment. Invoices can...

Take Four Steps When Allowing Apartment Pass-On to Family Member

September 22, 2015    

Suppose you’ve agreed to the pass-on of a rent-stabilized apartment to a tenant’s family member after the tenant has died or moved out. For example, you may choose not to fight the pass-on in court because the family member has a strong case that he or she is entitled to pass-on...

How to Collect a Money Judgment from an Ex-Tenant

August 26, 2015    

You may feel like celebrating after you win a money judgment for unpaid rent from an ex-tenant in court. But sometimes it can be tough to get the ex-tenant to pay you the amount of the judgment. Fortunately, if you know where the ex-tenant works, there’s a way you can get the money you...

What to Do if Second Family Member to Get Pass-on Rights Won't Pay Rent Hike

July 30, 2015    

For rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments, a “family member” of the tenant may have the right to a rent-stabilized renewal lease or protection from eviction in an apartment under rent control when the tenant dies or permanently leaves the apartment.

RGB Freezes One-Year Renewal Rents, Sets Two-Year Increase at 2 Percent

June 30, 2015    

On June 29, in a 7 to 2 vote, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board decided to freeze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. This had never been done before in the board’s 46-year history. With the rent freeze, Mayor de Blasio delivered on a campaign promise to freeze one...

Take Four Steps When Tenant Withholds Rent

May 26, 2015    

A difficult situation an owner may face is when a tenant withholds all or part of the monthly rent over a claimed problem in his apartment. For example, the tenant may claim no heat or hot water or a broken dishwasher. If you investigate the problem and find that it exists, you must then decide...

An Owner's Primer on High-Rent/High-Income Deregulation

May 11, 2015    

When legal rents in rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments reach a level of $2,500 per month, two things occur. These apartments are now subject to vacancy deregulation. If the apartment is occupied, you are allowed to initiate an annual income certification process and deregulate the...

How to Handle Signing and Renewing Leases with Cotenants

April 24, 2015    

Cotenants are two or more tenants who rent the same apartment under the same lease. Sometimes cotenants sign at the same time or a cotenant may be added later to an existing lease. In New York City, due to the short supply and high demand for apartments, there’s a good chance that a...