New Laws & Regs

What to Expect from NYC's New Energy Benchmarking and Auditing Laws

December 17, 2010    

New York is a city of buildings. According to data provided by the city, the electricity, heating, and hot water we consume in buildings accounts for 75 percent of New York City's greenhouse gas footprint, and $15 billion per year in energy costs. The city's largest buildings—over...

What Owners Need to Know About the Federal "Red Flags Rule"

December 17, 2010    

The Red Flags Rule is a regulation published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under its consumer protection authority to compel businesses to develop written plans to combat identity theft. It was created under the authority of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) and the...

How to Comply with TFCA's Sign-Posting Requirements

November 1, 2010    

On March 2, 2010, New York City enacted the Tenant Fair Chance Act (TFCA). It places new disclosure requirements in connection with applications for renting apartments on owners and managers of buildings with six or more apartments.

New Bedbug Disclosure Law Requires Owners to Reveal Past Infestations

September 28, 2010    

Governor Paterson recently signed into law a bill aimed at helping prospective tenants combat the bedbug epidemic. The Bedbug Disclosure Act requires owners and managing agents to notify new rental tenants of bedbug infestations that have plagued the building and the tenant's individual...

Final Amendments to EPA's RRP Rule Go into Effect

July 26, 2010    

On July 6, 2010, the final amendments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule went into effect. These amendments added new requirements to the relatively new rules that went into effect in April of this year and were discussed in detail...

How to Comply with Federal and Local Disclosure Rules When Screening Applicants

May 12, 2010    

Choosing the right tenant is one of the most important decisions an owner can make. The right tenants pay their rent on time, do not cause any legal problems, and keep their apartments in good condition. To choose the best tenant among applicants, an owner should rely on a thorough screening...

EPA Implements New Lead-Paint Regulations

April 21, 2010    

On April 22, 2010, a new federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead-based paint rule called “The Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule” took effect. The new rule requires owners to follow lead safe work practices when disturbing a painted surface in pre-1978 housing and child...

Color-Coded Standpipe and Sprinkler Requirements

October 26, 2009    

On Sept. 3, 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a new local law that requires the uniform color-coding of standpipe and sprinkler systems, and professional certification that these...

Notify Tenants of Air Contamination Report Results

December 24, 2008    

The environmental fallout from toxic vapors has been in the news recently. According to the New York Times, toxic vapors are intruding into homes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is having difficulty assessing the problem...

New Fire Code Requirements and Owner Responsibilities

December 24, 2008    


In an exclusive interview with ALI, Noel Miller, Deputy Chief Inspector of the New York City Fire Department, explains what apartment building owners can do to avoid the most common fire code violations and how to comply with the new fire code requirements.


Lawn Litter Law Takes Effect

September 9, 2008    

Building owners are responsible for maintaining their properties in a clean manner, and this includes public sidewalks that are 18 inches from the curb line and abutting their properties. The new Lawn Litter Law may help owners with this responsibility, since unsolicited advertisements that are...