New Laws & Regs

New York State Enacts Good Cause Eviction Law

May 20, 2024    

Eligible market-rate renters can now challenge certain rent hikes.



DOB Publishes Final Rule on Natural Gas Detectors

February 22, 2024    

Owners must comply on or before May 1, 2025.



Mandatory Curbside Composting Expands to Brooklyn

October 27, 2023    

New York City’s curbside composting program is coming to all five boroughs before the end of 2024. Mandatory curbside composting recently started in Brooklyn with collections on Oct. 2. The service will be automatic, guaranteed, free, and year-round.

Plan Announced to Containerize Waste at Nearly All Residential Buildings

October 27, 2023    

With these new rules, 70% of the city’s trash is headed into containers.


Mayor Adams and DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch recently announced a new front in the administration’s war on rats. They’re launching a plan to containerize waste at approximately 95...

New Rule Requires Annual Parapet Inspections for NYC Buildings

September 25, 2023    

In November 2021, New York City enacted Local Law 126 of 2021, which requires periodic inspections of NYC parking structures. At the same time, the legislation added to the NYC Administrative Code required periodic observation or inspection of building parapets. DOB recently adopted the final...

City Council Passes Additional Lead Paint Laws

August 24, 2023    

Automatic audits of self-inspections, mandated abatement, and a new inspection program are on deck.



Owners Now Required to Disclose Flood Risks to Tenants

June 22, 2023    

New York State is joining a handful of other states that have enacted flood disclosure laws for renters to ensure they are made aware of potential flood risks to apartments before it’s too late. As climate change increases the frequency and severity of disasters, lawmakers hope to provide...

New Deadlines for Phasing Out Fuel Oil Grade No. 4 Boilers

March 24, 2023    

The maximum penalty for burning No. 4 oil after the phase-out dates has been increased to $10,000.


Mayor Signs Laws to Strengthen Fire Safety

March 24, 2023    

The legislation responds to the risks related to e-bikes and lithium-ion batteries.


Although e-bikes and e-scooters are an affordable and convenient alternative to cars, the fires caused by the batteries that power such micromobility devices are a significant problem in...

Council Unanimously Votes to Expand Rights of Elderly Tenants

February 21, 2023    

New York City’s population of older adults, which currently represents 20 percent of the city’s entire population, will grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages. A 2021 CUNY Graduate Center study reports that the population of adults ages 65 and older in New York State will increase...

DSNY Publishes Final Rules to Reduce Hours Trash Stays on Streets

December 21, 2022    

In our November 2022 issue, we covered new trash rules proposed by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) governing the time for placing solid waste and recyclable materials at the curb for collection. On Nov. 19, DSNY held a public hearing on the proposed rules. Since then, DSNY recently...

DOB Releases Proposed Local Law 97 Compliance Regulations

October 25, 2022    

Owners get more climate protection law details ahead of 2024 deadline.


The DOB recently issued draft regulations to implement Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97). In 2019, the City Council passed LL97 with ambitious goals to tackle climate change by putting carbon caps on the city...