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AG Bans Predatory Landlord from NY Real Estate Business

February 2, 2022    

A landlord has been banned from New York real estate after violating an agreement with the state attorney general’s office to end illegal business practices and tenant harassment. The New York Supreme Court issued an order barring the landlord, Raphael Toledano, from engaging in any New...

Gov. Hochul Announces FY 2023 Budget, $2B for Pandemic Recovery

January 19, 2022    

Governor Kathy Hochul, with Division of the Budget Director Robert F. Mujica Jr., recently outlined her Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Executive Budget. "We have the means to immediately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as embrace this once-in-a-generation opportunity for the future with a...

NYC Property Tax Reform Commission Releases Final Report

January 5, 2022    

When Bill de Blasio campaigned to be mayor eight years ago, he pledged to fix New York City's property tax system. In May 2018, Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson convened the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform to recommend reforms to the system to make...

$68M in Rent Supplements for Struggling Renters in NYC

December 15, 2021    

A new state law that will boost rental subsidies to thousands of struggling New York City families living in shelters or at risk of eviction has been signed into law, taking effect immediately. With the bill's signing, Governor Hochul announced $100 million is available for counties to help...

HPD Settles with Building Owner Over Harassment and Violations

December 1, 2021    

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently announced a major settlement agreement with a Brooklyn-based landlord who has topped the NYC Public Advocate’s Worst Landlord Watchlist two years in a row.

Planning Commission Votes to Make Outdoor Dining Permanent

November 17, 2021    

On Nov. 15, the City Planning Commission voted to approve the Permanent Open Restaurants Program zoning text amendment in a special public hearing. The vote was 10-0 with one recusal.

The proposed Permanent Open Restaurants program will transfer the control of sidewalk cafes to the...

Queens Couple Charged with Stealing COVID Rental Relief Funds

November 3, 2021    

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz recently announced that a couple from Jamaica, Queens, have been charged with grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, falsifying business records in the first degree, and offering a false instrument for...

Reminder: Post Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label by Oct. 31

October 6, 2021    

Owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more – that appear on the NYC Benchmarking Covered Building List for Compliance in...

Landlord Fined $500K for Not Complying with Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws

September 22, 2021    

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement with a major New York City landlord. The agreement resolves an investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General...

New York Extends Eviction Moratorium to Jan. 15

September 8, 2021    

Since the Supreme Court blocked the CDC's eviction moratorium on Aug. 26, New York State has achieved the distinction of becoming the first state to sign a new eviction moratorium into law. The Supreme Court had previously limited New York State's tenant protections in the COVID-19...

Supreme Court Blocks Section of New York's Eviction Moratorium

August 18, 2021    

On Aug. 12, the Supreme Court granted an injunction that immediately suspended the tenant protections in the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Act, an anti-eviction law originally passed on Dec. 28, 2020, and subsequently extended. The act gave renters the opportunity to submit an...

New, Last-Minute CDC Eviction Ban Includes New York Counties

August 4, 2021    

The nationwide eviction moratorium had lapsed on Saturday, July 31. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the CDC issued a new, more limited freeze that remains in effect for two months, until Oct. 3.