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How to Respond to a TPU Audit or Investigation

December 11, 2017    
Related Tools: Sample TPU Notices
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What to Do if SCRIE Tenant Doesn’t Renew Eligibility for Benefits

November 28, 2017    
The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) freezes the rent for head-of-household seniors 62 and older who live in rent-regulated apartments. The NYC Department of Finance (DOF) administers SCRIE for rent-regulated (rent-stabilized and rent-...
Management Basics

DHCR Updates Fact Sheet on Preferential Rents

November 28, 2017    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently updated Fact Sheet #40 on preferential rents and rent concessions. Fact sheets provide information to the public on rent regulation. The updated fact sheet reflects changes the Rent Act of 2015 made to vacancy allowances after a...
Management Basics

DHCR Clarifies 421-a Surcharges for Market-Rate Units

November 28, 2017    
Established in 1971 when NYC officials were concerned about the drop in residential construction as residents were moving to the suburbs, the 421-a tax exemption program gave developers an incentive to build on vacant land. The program offered a 10-year tax exemption for building multi-unit...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2017

November 28, 2017    
Passing on Apartments No Proof Roommate Was in Family-Type Relationship with Tenant Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant after rent-controlled tenant died. Occupant claimed that he had lived with tenant for 43 years in a nontraditional, spousal, family relationship, and therefore had...
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HPD Finalizes Rules Concerning Gas Leak Notices, Procedures

October 19, 2017    
HPD has officially adopted amendments to Administrative Code Section 27-2005, which governs procedures during suspected gas leaks and recordkeeping for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. As a result of adopting the amendments and finalizing the proposed rule, HPD has formally adopted the...
Rent Increases

DHCR Issues MCI Policy Statement Regarding Non-Construction Costs

October 19, 2017    
When you get a major capital improvement (MCI) performed at your building, you may have non-construction expenses such as general contractor or architect/engineer fees related to the underlying MCI project. For example, you may hire an engineer when you get your building’s parapet replaced....
Management Basics

DHCR Reduces Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2017-18

October 19, 2017    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced a cut in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $26.02, down 63 cents from $26.65 last year. This year’s decrease reflects the decrease in the...
Related Tools: A/C Rent Surcharge Charts
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2017

October 19, 2017    
ACCESS Tenant Repeatedly Refused Access to Landlord Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant who repeatedly refused access for inspection and performance of repairs. The court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the housing court didn't give him a post-judgment...
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How to Deal with a Tenant's 'Nuisance' Pet

September 19, 2017    
Tenants often have pets that cause problems. For example, a tenant’s dog may relieve itself in the building’s hallways, bark at all hours of the day and night, or threaten other tenants. You can get rid of problem pets, whether or not the tenant’s lease bars pets. To do so, you...
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