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Cuomo Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium Until Oct. 20

September 23, 2020    

If your building includes commercial tenants, be aware that New York’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial foreclosures and evictions will be in place until at least Oct. 20. The moratorium was set to expire Sept. 30, but Governor Cuomo recently signed a new executive order extending...

Bill Seeks to Apply Emissions Cap to Rent-Regulated Buildings

September 23, 2020    

New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection recently held a hearing on Intro. 1947, a bill that would amend Local Law 97, which requires applicable buildings to cap carbon emissions. Local Law 97 mandates a 40 percent reduction in citywide emissions by 2030 and 80 percent...

Comptroller Stringer Launches Run for Mayor

September 9, 2020    

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has officially launched his mayoral campaign. He is seeking to brand himself as a progressive candidate. In his remarks announcing his candidacy, Stringer spoke on Mayor Bill de Blasio and his legacy, saying the current administration has done more to exacerbate...

DOF Delays Tax Lien Sale Until Sept. 25

September 9, 2020    

The DOF recently announced another postponement of the annual tax lien sale until Sept. 25, 2020, to give New Yorkers additional time to pay debt or enter into payment plans. The lien sale is administered by the NYC Department of Finance, which sells overdue property taxes, water and sewer...

City Council Designates Funding to Support Housing Initiatives

August 19, 2020    

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Housing and Buildings Committee Chair Robert Cornegy recently announced that the City Council has designated funding in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for several programs to provide relief to both renters and homeowners dealing with the...

DHCR Postpones Annual Rent Registration Deadline

August 5, 2020    

In an advisory opinion issued on July 30, the DHCR extended the deadline for filing annual rent registrations to Sept. 30, 2020. According to the opinion, the postponement is in response to the governor’s directive to take every effort to keep New Yorkers safe and mitigate the spread of...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Safeguard Rent Regulation

August 5, 2020    

Two bills were introduced recently in the NY State Senate and Assembly that propose removing the vacancy rate from the criteria for rent regulation until two years after the state’s Covid-19 emergency declaration is over. The legislation, introduced by Manhattan Democrats Senator Brad...

NYC Launches Tenant-Landlord Mediation Project for Avoiding Evictions

July 22, 2020    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a new program to provide housing security to tenants across the city who may be facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project will serve New Yorkers each month by addressing rent-related issues...

DHCR Issues Office Visit Guidance

July 8, 2020    

The DHCR recently issued new procedural guidance for in-person visits to the Office of Rent Administration (ORA) Borough and District Rent Offices. Here are the details:

Mayor Signs Airbnb Legislation

July 8, 2020    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a bill on reporting of short-term rental data. The bill defined which short-term rental transactions through platforms such as Airbnb have to be reported to the Office of Special Enforcement.

Bill Seeks to Ban Evictions for One Year After COVID-19 State of Emergency

July 8, 2020    

Proposed legislation recently introduced by New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie would prevent all eviction and foreclosure filings for commercial and residential tenants until a year after any part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide disaster emergency is still in place. The legislation...

NY Legislature Passes $100M Rent Voucher Bill

June 3, 2020    

On May 28, the State Senate and Assembly voted to approve a bill to create a $100 million fund to pay rents for people who have lost income because of the COVID-19 crisis. The Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 passed the Senate by a vote of 61-0 and the Assembly by a 98-45 margin. It now heads...