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How to Request Additional Time to Correct HPD Violations

October 11, 2019    
When you get a violation notice from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), it will specify a deadline for correcting the violation. HPD issues violations to owners of buildings that don’t meet the standards of the city’s Housing Maintenance Code and...
Management Basics

Building Owner Heating Obligations as Heating Season Begins

October 11, 2019    
During the previous “heat season,” the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) fielded 232,621 heat complaints, an increase of 8.1 percent compared to the previous heat season. The current heat season begins on Oct. 1 and continues through May 31, 2020. During this time...
Management Basics

DHCR Decreases A/C Rent Surcharge for 2019–20

October 11, 2019    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced a decrease in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $24.94, down $1.48 from $26.42 last year. This year’s decrease reflects a 5.61 percent...
In the News

City Council Bill Would Limit Facial Recognition Technology

October 11, 2019    
Privacy concerns by tenants and civil liberties experts have prompted the New York City Council to consider legislation that would regulate the use of facial recognition technology by both business owners and landlords. The KEYS (Keep Entry to Your Home Surveillance Free) Act, introduced by...
In the News

Judge Recommends Fine Against Owner for Threatening to Report Tenant to ICE

October 11, 2019    
An administrative judge recently ruled that a landlord had violated the city’s human rights law for threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on a tenant. The judge recommended she pay $17,000 in a fine and damages. New York’s Commission on Human Rights...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2019

October 11, 2019    
DISCRIMINATION Landlord Must Accept Section 8 Vouchers The NY Attorney General sued landlord and sought an injunction barring landlord from not accepting federal housing subsidized vouchers as a form of rent. The AG claimed that landlord’s refusal to accept the vouchers violated the town of...
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What to Do if Tenant’s Adult Child Has Taken Over Rent-Regulated Apartment

September 19, 2019    
Seven plaintiffs have joined the Rent Stabilization Association (RSA) and Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP) to sue over new rent regulations they claim are ‟unconstitutional.” The plaintiffs are management companies run by three different landlords and an individual landlord. The...
Management Basics

DHCR Updates NYC Lease Rider and ETPA Standard Lease Addenda

September 19, 2019    
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019, which went into effect on June 14, 2019, made numerous changes to the rent regulation laws. These changes required the DHCR to review and update the New York City Lease Rider [RA-LR1] and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act Standard...
In the News

City Council Enhances HPD's Ability to Recoup Relocation Expenses

September 19, 2019    
On Aug. 14, 2019, the City Council passed Intro 30-A, which gives HPD liens a stronger position. It establishes that outstanding charges resulting from relocation expenses incurred by HPD following the issuance of certain vacate orders constitute a tax lien on a property. In other words, after HPD...
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Comment Period Ends for FDNY's Proposed Emergency Checklist, 'Close Door' Sign Requirements

September 19, 2019    
The public comment period for the Fire Department’s proposed rule regarding implementation of Local Law Nos. 114 and 115 of 2018 recently closed. The Fire Department will review the testimony and modify the rules based on the public’s feedback, if necessary, then draft a final version....