Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2020

August 26, 2020    
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS Landlord Gets MCI Rent Hike for Building-Wide Carpet Installation Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new carpeting installed throughout the building. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed, and the DHCR denied their petition for administrative review (PAR...
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New Law Extends COVID-Related Eviction Protections

July 23, 2020    
Tenants are still on the hook to pay back rent owed, but you may have to work out a payment plan....   On June 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Tenant Safe Harbor Act. The new law, sponsored by New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger and State...
Management Basics

Notify Struggling Tenants of Rent Relief Program

July 23, 2020    
The DHCR is currently administering a COVID Rent Relief Program that will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the owner. Applicants won’t need to repay this assistance. Applications will be accepted from July 16 through July 30.
Management Basics

Follow New Procedures for OATH/ECB Hearings

July 23, 2020    
If you’ve received a summons regarding a notice of violation from any city agency, you must follow certain procedures to respond. NYC’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH) is the administrative tribunal that conducts hearings on notices of...
In the News

DHCR Issues Modified Renewal Lease Form

July 23, 2020    
The DHCR has modified the NYC Renewal Lease Form (RTP-8) to incorporate the requirements of Rent Guidelines Board Order #52. With the latest order, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board froze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. For two-year renewal leases, a 1 percent increase...
In the News

NYC Water Board Freezes Rates for FY 2021

July 23, 2020    
On June 15, the NYC Water Board held a public hearing concerning proposed rates and charges for the use of the city’s water and wastewater system. Ultimately, as a result of the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made a formal...
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RGB Issues Rent Freeze Amid Pandemic

June 26, 2020    
The RGB freezes one-year renewal rents and sets a partial freeze for two-year renewals.   On June 17, in a 6 to 3 vote, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) decided to freeze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. For two-year renewal leases, a 1 percent increase is...
Court Watch

New Filing Rules Aim to Manage Expected Deluge of Eviction Cases

June 26, 2020    
On June 18, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued a memo and two administrative orders regarding residential and commercial eviction proceedings. According to the memo, the court is concerned about the public health consequences from a “sudden high-volume influx of...
Management Basics

Follow Phase 2 Guidance for Showing Apartments

June 26, 2020    
On June 22, New York City entered Phase 2 of Governor Cuomo’s phased approach to reopen industries and businesses in New York State. As part of Phase 2, real estate and rental-leasing industries are allowed to reopen their workplaces. This means brokerages, property managers, and development...
Management Basics

File 2020 Rent Registrations Online by July 31

June 26, 2020    
You must file an Annual Apartment Registration application with the DHCR for every rent-stabilized apartment you own by July 31, 2020, using the DHCR’s online Owner Rent Regulation Application system. As in past years, the penalty for not filing is stiff: You can’t collect a rent...