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DOB’s No-Penalty Inspection Program Returns

June 12, 2024    

The Department of Buildings recently announced the return of the annual No-Penalty Inspection Program, which offers free inspections for small landlords in New York City.

RGB’s Preliminary Vote Recommends Increases Between 2% and 6.5%

May 1, 2024    

On April 30, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) passed a preliminary first vote on one-year and two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments in New York City. The preliminary vote passed 5 to 2 with two tenant members of the board walking out in protest ahead of the vote. The final vote is...

Nonprofit Auctions 20 Rent-Stabilized Buildings Amid Financial Strain

April 10, 2024    

Food First, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, is in the process of auctioning off 20 rent-stabilized buildings amid financial strain caused by high maintenance costs and rent collection issues. The nonprofit’s decision is the result of a larger issue facing owners of rent-stabilized apartments...

Judge Orders Landlord’s Arrest for Dangerous Conditions

March 13, 2024    

As well as ignoring court orders

First Penalties for Late Parking Structure Reports Issued

February 14, 2024    

DOB recently announced that it had levied penalties to over 400 property owners for missing the deadline to file required engineering inspection reports for parking structures on their properties. Under the city’s Periodic Inspection for Parking Structures (PIPS) program, the owners of...

Pilot Program Offers Cash to Renovate Long Vacant Rent-Stabilized Units

January 30, 2024    

HPD and the Department of Social Services (DSS) recently announced the launch of a new pilot program called “Unlocking Doors.” The program is intended to address the city’s housing and homelessness crisis by helping New Yorkers move out of shelters and into newly renovated,...

HPD Guidance and Safety Tips for Heat Season

December 6, 2023    

With winter ahead and with the temperatures recently having dipped below freezing, it’s a good time to review owner responsibilities with regard to heat in apartment buildings. Heat season runs from Oct. 1st to May 31st. And during heat season, owners must maintain specific indoor...

DHCR Adopts Rent Stabilization Code Amendments

November 1, 2023    

On Oct. 23, 2023, the DHCR certified adoption of amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) it had proposed in August 2022. These RSC Amendments are expected to be published in the NY State Register on Nov. 8, 2023, which is the date they will become effective. 

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Consider Challenge to Rent Stabilization Laws

October 4, 2023    

On Oct. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant a writ of certiorari, a legal order in which a high court reviews a lower court’s decision, to a case challenging the constitutionality of New York’s rent stabilization laws. The lawsuit was initially filed by the Community Housing...

NYC Contractor Fined for Lead Paint Violations

September 13, 2023    

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, recently announced that the U.S. had entered into a consent decree resolving a civil lawsuit that it had filed against a New York City contractor,...

Four Landlords Owe City Nearly $500K for Lead Safety Violations

August 2, 2023    

Mayor Adams recently announced successful enforcement actions against nearly 3,500 health and safety violations in more than 5,000 apartments. An agreement between the city and four major property owners and their companies has resulted in almost $500,000 in civil penalties and compelled the...

DOB No-Penalty Inspection Program Returns with Expanded Offerings

July 10, 2023    

The Department of Buildings recently announced the expansion of its Summer No-Penalty Inspection Program, providing property owners and landlords with an opportunity to assess the condition of their buildings and address potential repair projects. The program runs until July 31 and allows...