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How to Prevent Housing Discrimination Claims Based on Race or Color

March 19, 2019    
The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently announced the launch of its new “While Black” ad campaign to combat racial discrimination. According to Carmelyn P. Malalis, chairwoman and commissioner of the organization, the ad campaign is an effort to encourage more people to...
Management Basics

Check Whether Your J-51 Building Is on DHCR 'Problem' List

March 19, 2019    
The DHCR has recently posted a list of J-51 buildings with potentially problematic registration and deregulation issues. The J-51 tax break program gives owners tax exemptions for carrying out rehabs and renovations of older, multi-dwelling buildings. Renovation work could include such projects as...
In the News

Agencies Try to Block Owner’s Eviction-through-Bankruptcy Attempt

March 19, 2019    
An East Village owner is asking a bankruptcy court to terminate tenants’ leases on the grounds that a proposed $8.2 million sale of the building can’t go through while the rent-stabilized leases are in place. The building has 16 rent-stabilized units and eight tenants at the building...
In the News

Bill Introduced to Change Lookback Period for Overcharge Complaints

March 19, 2019    
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz recently introduced a bill to change the state law when it comes to tenants who wish to file a rent overcharge complaint. Currently, tenants can request their rent history from the DHCR and file a complaint if they see their rent was increased beyond the legal limit...
In the News

Comptroller Testifies on NYC’s Preliminary FY 2020 Budget

March 19, 2019    
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer recently testified before the New York City Council Committee on Finance’s Fiscal Year 2020 Preliminary Budget Hearing. This year, the comptroller continues the watch list of city agencies that are of most concern when it comes to budgeting. The list spotlights...
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Resiliency Plan Aims to Protect Lower Manhattan from Climate Change

March 19, 2019    
Mayor de Blasio recently released the findings of a study that determined the city’s comprehensive strategy for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project. The study evaluated dozens of adaptation measures and identified a set of strategies to build resilience in Lower Manhattan....
In the News

DOB Releases Interactive Building Profiles Map

March 19, 2019    
DOB recently published a new, interactive map that provides greater insight into how the department interacts with the nearly 1.1 million buildings and 45,000 active construction sites it regulates. The map provides a 12-month snapshot of building permits, complaints, inspections, violations, and...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2019

March 19, 2019    
DISCRIMINATION Lawsuit to Stop Publication of City’s Worst Landlords List Dismissed Two landlords sued New York City’s Public Advocate for damages and asked the court to stop the Advocate from publishing the city’s watchlist of 100 worst landlords. The city had published the...
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How to Follow the Rent Stabilization Code’s Settlement Rules

February 22, 2019    
It may be to your advantage to settle with a tenant over a complaint he’s filed with the DHCR before the DHCR makes a decision on the complaint. Doing so can save you time and money, and you can avoid concerns over an uncertain result. But you need to be careful about how you settle the...
Management Basics

Send Tenant 2019 DHCR Form If Rent Is $2,774.76 or More

February 22, 2019    
Rent-regulated apartments with a legal or maximum monthly rent that has reached or exceeded $2,774.76 may be petitioned for high-income rent deregulation. The Rent Act of 2015 amended the rent threshold for high-rent vacancy deregulation and high-income/high-rent deregulation by raising the...