Feature

Submit Tenant Protection Plan, Post Notices for Buildings Occupied During Construction

September 20, 2018    
Last year, the city’s focus on tenant harassment culminated in Mayor de Blasio signing a package of bills into law that gave sweeping protections to renters against tenant harassment and unsafe living conditions. Among the bills signed into law was one for an Office of the Tenant Advocate...
Court Watch

Important 'Four-Year Rule' Decision for Owners in Rent Overcharge Dispute

September 20, 2018    
In August 2018, the Appellate Division for the First Department ruled that, in the absence of fraud, there is a strict four-year lookback limit to calculate damages in rent overcharge cases where an apartment was incorrectly deregulated during the owner’s receipt of J-51 benefits. “This...
Management Basics

Start Compiling Bedbug Infestation History for HPD Reporting Requirement

September 20, 2018    
In 2017, Local Law 69 passed requiring all multifamily owners to attempt to obtain bedbug infestation history from tenants, including any remedial or eradication methods they used. By state law, owners were already required to notify prospective tenants about bedbug infestations within the last...
In the News

Councilman Calls for Probe into Uncollected Building and Sanitation Fines

September 20, 2018    
In April of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three bills that were designed to help the city collect $1.6 billion in outstanding fines for everything from building code infractions to tickets from the sanitation department. But the latest figures indicate that the value of the city’s claim...
In the News

DOB Hits Landlords of Illegal Hotels with $285K in Fines

September 20, 2018    
The DOB recently issued 43 violations and $285,375 in penalties against landlords for illegal transient use of 11 different buildings. Although the city has long prohibited renting out apartments as hotels, the rise of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb and Homeaway.com have driven a...
In the News

De Blasio Administration Releases Mayor's FY 2018 Management Report

September 20, 2018    
The de Blasio administration recently released the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR) for Fiscal Year 2018, an analysis of city agencies’ performance from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. The MMR presents more than 1,700 metrics from 45 city agencies that measure the city’s...
Feature

How to Comply with NYC's New Smoking Policy Rule

August 27, 2018    
In August 2017, New York City passed Local Law 147, which requires residential buildings with three or more residential units to create a policy on smoking and to share it with current and future tenants. For years, the city has banned smoking in the common areas of buildings with 10 or more...
Rent Increases

How to Calculate RGBO #50 Vacancy Lease Increases

August 27, 2018    
If you sign a vacancy lease with a tenant between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019, the new order issued on June 26 by the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)—RGBO #50—lets you collect the vacancy increases permitted under the Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997 (RRRA).
In the News

Mayor Signs Airbnb Disclosure Rules into Law

August 27, 2018    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a landmark bill that forces home-sharing companies such as Airbnb to disclose information about its New York City hosts. The new law will take effect in February 2019 and requires Airbnb to disclose the names and addresses of its hosts. The information...
In the News

Attorney General Creates $8M Restitution Fund for Former Croman Tenants

August 27, 2018    
Last October, New York landlord Steven Croman was sent to jail for a year and fined $5 million after being found criminally liable for fraud and tax evasion. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood recently announced that Croman’s former tenants could be in for a share of an $8 million...
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