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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal MCI Program

September 6, 2018    

Two Queens lawmakers, State Senator Mike Gianaris and Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, recently introduced a bill in their respective chambers that would repeal the Major Capital Improvements (MCI) program and instead provide building owners with tax credits to offset the costs of upgrades. The MCI...

Investigation Claims Trump Lawyer Cohen Harassed Rent-Stabilized Tenants

September 6, 2018    

According to an investigation spearheaded by the nonprofit Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), attorney Michael Cohen, known for being President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, allegedly engaged in tenant harassment and falsified paperwork in order to quickly turn a profit on...

DOB Fines Kushner Companies for Falsifying Permits

September 6, 2018    

The DOB recently fined Kushner Companies $210,000 for falsifying dozens of permit applications at 17 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The New York Times first reported that the DOB levied the fines for 42 instances in which Kushner made misrepresentations about the existence of rent-...

Mayor Announces Creation of Unit Targeting Maintenance Harassment

August 2, 2018    

Mayor de Blasio recently announced the creation of a new Tenant Anti-Harassment Unit that will be dedicated to pursuing potential cases of maintenance harassment in multifamily residential buildings and connecting tenants to legal services resources, a complement to the city’s efforts...

City Launches Partners in Preservation Pilot Program

August 2, 2018    

HPD and NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) recently announced the launch of Partners in Preservation, a new pilot program that will serve as a hub for local anti-displacement initiatives in the Inwood and Washington Heights, East Harlem, and Jerome Avenue neighborhoods. The program will...

City to Streamline Rental Assistance Programs

August 2, 2018    

The de Blasio administration recently announced the new City Fighting Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) program, which will replace the Living in Communities, the Special Exit and Prevention Supplement, and the City Family Eviction Prevention and Exit Plan Supplement...

DSS Source of Income Discrimination Unit Files First Two Cases

July 12, 2018    

The newly formed Department of Social Services (DSS) Source of Income Discrimination Unit recently filed its first two cases against New York City landlords in New York State Supreme Court for discrimination based on source of income. Part of the mayor’s Turning the Tide plan to address...

HPD’s Landlord Ambassadors Program Closes First Deals

July 12, 2018    

Last May, Enterprise Community Partners and HPD launched their Landlord Ambassadors program by selecting community-based nonprofits to reach out and help owners of small and mid-sized multifamily buildings throughout the city take advantage of HPD’s housing programs. HPD is tasked with...

De Blasio Administration Proposes Pilot Basement Conversion Program

July 12, 2018    

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Members Brad Lander, Rafael Espinal, and Inez Barron recently proposed legislation to establish a three-year demonstration program to facilitate the creation and renovation of apartments in the basements and cellars of certain one- and two-family homes in...

RGB’s Housing Supply Report Says Market Still Very Tight

June 7, 2018    

More housing units were created in 2017 than in the previous year, according to the recently released Rent Guidelines Board annual housing supply report. There was an 11 percent increase in the number of apartments created, but the vacancy rate is still very low, and 11.5 percent of housing is...

Interactive Map Shows Water Tank Inspections Neglect

June 7, 2018    

An investigation from City & State NY has found widespread neglect in the thousands of weathered wooden tanks that supply drinking water to millions of New York City residents. After a review of city records, City & State NY found that most building owners still don’t inspect and...

Bill Would Require Heat Sensor Installation in Buildings with Heat Code Violations

June 7, 2018    

Councilman Ritchie Torres, Councilman Robert Cornegy, Councilman Mark Levine, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently introduced a bill that would require owners of buildings with the most heat code violations to install heat sensors. If passed, the city would be required every two...

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