Feature

How to Get DHCR Approval to Demolish a Rent-Regulated Building

December 18, 2020    
The DHCR recently updated its fact sheet related to demolitions. Demolitions have garnered more attention in recent years due to the sweeping changes made to rent regulations as a result of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA). Passed in June 2019, HSTPA severely limited rent...
Management Basics

Post Hurricane Evacuation Notices If Building Is in Evacuation Zone

December 18, 2020    
The New York City Fire Department recently adopted rules implementing Local Law 103 of 2019. This law, which took effect on Oct. 6, 2019, requires apartment building owners (Group R-2 buildings and occupancies) within a hurricane evacuation zone, as designated by the Commissioner of the Office of...
In the News

City Council Passes Bill to Facilitate Opening of New Buildings

December 18, 2020    
On Dec. 10, 2020, the New York City Council passed Intro. 2033, creating Interim Certificates of Occupancy (ICOs). Certificates of Occupancy are government documents that indicate the legal use and occupancy of buildings.
In the News

Cuomo Announces Executive Order to Help Needy Renters

December 18, 2020    
In May, the state legislature passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 to help low-income renters make their monthly rent payments for up to four months. The program was funded by $100 million of federal money. Critics claimed the legislation enabling the act was written far too narrowly, and...
In the News

NYC Public Advocate Reveals 2020 List of City’s Worst Landlords

December 18, 2020    
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams recently released the annual Worst Landlord Watchlist, which catalogues the 100 most egregiously negligent landlords in New York City as determined by widespread, repeated, and unaddressed violations in buildings on the list. The New York City Housing Authority (...
Feature

Set Occupancy Benchmarks to Prevent Improper Pass-Ons

November 20, 2020    
Here’s how to keep track of who’s living in an apartment.  
New Laws & Regs

Mayor Expands City's Green New Deal to Rent-Regulated Buildings

November 20, 2020    
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a bill that requires some rent-regulated buildings to abide by strict carbon emission caps. The bill, which was spearheaded by Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides, increases the threshold for rent-regulated buildings to be exempted from the city...
Q & A

Must You Inspect for Lead Paint When There’s No Child or Peeling Paint in Apartment?

November 20, 2020    
Q Under the new lead legislation, if an apartment is presumed to have lead, but there is no peeling paint and no child living in the apartment, do you have to have it inspected? If lead is found, what do you have to do?
Management Basics

Local Law 55: Perform Indoor Allergen Hazard Inspections by Dec. 31

November 20, 2020    
In New York City, Local Law 55 of 2018, the Asthma-Free Housing Act, requires that owners of buildings with three or more apartments keep their tenants’ apartments free of mold and pests. Under this law, an owner of multiple dwellings is required to inspect units annually for indoor allergen...
Management Basics

Local Law 69: File Annual Bedbug Report by Dec. 31

November 20, 2020    
As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, apartment building owners are required to file bedbug infestation and treatment reports with HPD annually. Owners must file between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31 for the previous year from November 2019 through November 2020.