Management Basics

Use Independent Company to Prevent Storage Units from Becoming Required Services

February 9, 2012    

Providing individual storage units to tenants is a popular amenity in the city. Extra storage space can also become an additional revenue stream by charging tenants for the use of the storage units. But renting storage units to tenants can also bring added hassles, such as the cost of building...

File Boiler Report with DOB by Dec. 31

November 21, 2011    

This year has been the first full year of implementation of the new boiler inspection rules. The new rules were signed into law in April 2010, and were fully implemented in May 2010. They pertain to low-pressure boiler inspections, filing requirements, penalties, and waivers. The 2011 inspection...

DHCR Hikes Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2011-12

October 24, 2011    

The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has just announced an increase in this year's air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $29.13, up from $26.83 last year. This year's increase reflects higher electricity costs...

Stay Vigilant to Minimize Heat and Hot Water Complaints

September 26, 2011    

Heating season is fast approaching, and we want to remind you of the temperatures you are legally required to maintain. Heat and hot water complaints probably will be the most common type of service complaint you will deal with this winter. According to statistics compiled by the Department of...

How to Respond to DOB's Increased Balcony Maintenance Scrutiny

November 24, 2010    

In the June 2010 issue, we wrote about the Department of Building's (DOB) increased attention to apartment balconies in New York City after the March death of a tenant who fell from a faulty 24th-floor terrace on East 39th Street. At the time of the announcement, DOB had declared the...

Require Professional Installation of A/Cs to Avoid Damage, Liability

November 24, 2010    

In late September, a Vietnam veteran was sitting with his dog outside his building on Second Avenue in the East Village when a 45-pound air conditioner fell from a sixth-floor window. The air conditioner bounced off of the first-floor commercial tenant's awning and landed on his head. After...

Inform Tenants About DOS Christmas Tree/Wreath Recycling

November 24, 2010    

The city's Department of Sanitation (DOS) has a recycling program for Christmas trees and wreaths. It should make getting rid of trees and wreaths after the holiday much easier for you. The trees and wreaths may simply be put at curbside anytime on any day, on or after Monday, Jan. 3,...

Take Six Steps When Tenant Seeks Help Enforcing Restraining Order

August 30, 2010    

Protecting tenants against domestic violence is a difficult problem many owners face. In some situations, you may be required to let a domestic violence victim out of her lease. In New York State, the tenantial lease termination bill was signed into law on June 4, 2007, and amended on Aug. 15,...

How to Avoid Recycling Violations

February 22, 2010    

It is time-consuming to go to the Environmental Control Board to fight a recycling violation you may get from the city's Department of Sanitation (DOS). If you are like most owners, you probably just pay the fine. But with fines for each violation ranging from $25 to $500, the costs can add...

Minimize Fines, Reduce Liability with Smart Snow Removal Policy

January 28, 2010    

Winter weather creates hazardous conditions that can be extremely dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. And while there are city agencies responsible for monitoring and dealing with the side effects of freezing temperatures and winter storms on public roadways, taking care of slippery...

Protect Tenants and Building from Christmas Tree Fire Hazards

November 23, 2009    

As Christmas approaches, many of your tenants will be setting up Christmas trees in their apartments. While a beautifully decorated tree can add to the holiday spirit and help create a fragrant indoor atmosphere, Christmas trees can also pose a serious fire hazard to tenants' apartments as...

Meeting Your Appliance Repair and Maintenance Responsibilities

June 24, 2009    

Many owners supply tenants with appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, and garbage disposals. And when these appliances eventually break down, you may need to know whether you are supposed to repair or replace the broken appliance. Failing to do so, if required, can result in...