Management Basics

Facade Amnesty Program Begins July 1 for Limited Time

June 26, 2020    
The DOB’s Facade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) is offering an amnesty period beginning July 1, 2020. The amnesty period will give owners who didn’t file (No Report Filed - NRF) a Façade Report during Cycle 8 the opportunity to administratively close Cycle 8 with the Cycle 9...
Management Basics

DOB Modifies Tenant Protection Plan Form

June 26, 2020    
Owners anticipating construction work in their occupied buildings must comply with Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) requirements and notices. These requirements came about in 2017 through a package of bills focusing on tenant harassment. At the time, among the bills signed into law was one for an...
Court Watch

Airbnb and City Settle Lawsuit Over Host Disclosure Rules

June 26, 2020    
On June 12, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Airbnb announced a settlement of their years-long lawsuit regarding Local Law 146 of 2018.
Feature

How to Comply with Order Extending Eviction Moratorium

May 21, 2020    
We explain which tenants are protected and how to let tenants tap security deposits for rent.   On May 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into effect New York State Executive Order No. 202.28, extending the eviction moratorium from June 20 through Aug. 20. The moratorium prevents owners from...
Rent Increases

RGB Favors Rent Freeze in Preliminary Vote

May 21, 2020    
In a preliminary vote held on May 7, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) proposed guidelines for rent-stabilized apartments effective Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. The board voted 5-4 to endorse freezing rents on one-year leases and the first year of two-year leases signed on or after Oct....
In the News

City Council Speaker Airs Concerns Over Canceling Rent

May 21, 2020    
On May 14, when asked about canceling rent on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer show, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for federal financial assistance to help struggling residents pay their rent. He noted that a cancellation of rent could further disrupt the city’s budget, which is in...
In the News

DHCR Extends Processing and Procedures Deadlines

May 21, 2020    
On April 20, the DHCR updated Advisory Opinion 2020-2 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance with respect to processing and other procedures affecting the Office of Rent Administration (ORA) and Tenant Protection Unit (TPU). All agency matters that weren’t final as of March 13, 2020, are...
Feature

How New Emergency Paid Leave Benefits Apply to Building Service Workers

April 23, 2020    
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department have encouraged workers who are sick to stay home. Benefits such as sick leave and family leave can help employees follow these guidelines during this precarious time. Currently...
Rent Increases

RGB Issues Income & Expense Study, Annual Meetings to Continue

April 23, 2020    
Despite Mayor de Blasio’s announcement in April that the city was working with the state to suspend the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) meetings, the meetings will be held remotely this year. The mayor said that there were some legal concerns with suspending the board. The RGB is mandated by law...