Feature

How to Comply with NYS and NYC’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

July 29, 2019    
Last year, both New York State and New York City enacted several significant measures regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. At the state level, the labor law was amended to require the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights to collaborate in developing both a model sexual...
Rent Increases

Take 1.5% and 2.5% Rent Increases for Renewal Leases

July 29, 2019    
On June 25, 2019, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) issued an order—RGBO #51—setting the rent increases you may take for rent-stabilized tenants in New York City on leases beginning anytime on or after Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2012. The board is mandated to establish...
In the News

Stuy Town Owner Halts Upgrades Due to 2019 Rent Law

July 29, 2019    
The Blackstone Group, owner of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, Manhattan’s largest apartment complex, is halting apartment renovations and other planned work at Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village in response to the changes to the state’s rent-regulation laws passed by Albany...
In the News

City Council Criticizes City’s Third-Party Transfer Program

July 29, 2019    
Over the past few months, reports have emerged that ownership of single- and multi-family homes around New York City had been assigned to nonprofit organizations, to the surprise of the original owners. Reportedly, these owners were mostly middle-class, retired black residents who had paid off...
In the News

Judge Allows East Harlem Tenants to Sue City’s ‘Worst’ Landlord

July 29, 2019    
A judge has granted a motion allowing more than 100 East Harlem tenants to sue notorious landlord Steven Croman. The complaint, filed by law firm Newman Ferrara and the Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), alleges that Croman illegally leased rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem building at market...
In the News

Report Shows Slowdown in City's Multifamily Market

July 29, 2019    
A recent report from Ariel Property Advisors found that New York City’s multifamily property market experienced a dramatic slowdown in the first half of 2019. Transaction volume slid to an eight-year low, according to preliminary numbers from the firm’s Multifamily Mid-Year In Review.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2019

July 29, 2019    
LEAD PAINT Landlord Held in Contempt with Daily Fines for Lead Paint Violations Tenant sued landlord, seeking correction of Housing Maintenance Code violations. The court directed landlord to cure lead paint violations in the apartment, where tenant lived with a child under the age of 7. Tenant...
Feature

The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019: What You Need to Know

July 11, 2019    
By Eileen O’Toole, Esq. On June 14, 2019, the New York State Legislature enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (the Act), which significantly altered existing rent control and rent stabilization laws. The Legislature followed up on June 25, 2019, by enacting a...
Feature

How to Avoid Risks Posed by Tenant-Superintendents

June 20, 2019    
Owners sometimes hire tenants to be superintendents. This practice can lead to serious problems unless the owner takes precautions. When a tenant is hired to act as a superintendent, he becomes the owner’s employee. This is not a problem. But suppose the owner later wants to fire the employee...
New Laws & Regs

Governor Signs Sweeping Rent Reforms into Law

June 20, 2019    
On June 14, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. The governor has called the legislation “the most sweeping, aggressive protections in state history,” and it’s been described as the “strongest tenant protections in...