Q & A

Claiming Diplomatic Immunity to Sidestep Building Policies

March 18, 2022    
Q Foreign diplomats are smoking in their apartments. Are they allowed to claim some sort of diplomatic immunity from my building’s no-smoking policies? Are they exempt?
In the News

HPD Steps Up Enforcement of Open Violations in 250 Buildings

March 18, 2022    
HPD's Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP) is a program for apartment buildings that have many Housing Maintenance Code violations. The goal of the program is to improve housing conditions by performing frequent inspections to monitor correction of violations, and issue Orders to Correct if...
In the News

Owners Pay City Record $2.25M to Settle Claims of Illegal Evictions and Short-Term Rentals

March 18, 2022    
Mayor Eric Adams and New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement against the owners of a building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for illegally evicting tenants in 2020 and running an unlawful short-term rental operation for four years across nine Brooklyn buildings. The $2....
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2022

March 18, 2022    
RENT Landlords Claim Property Manager Breached Fiduciary Duty in How Rents Were Set Landlords of several residential buildings sued their property management company and individual officers affiliated with the management company. Landlords claimed breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty,...
Feature

How to Comply with FDNY's Amended Back-of-Door Notice Rule

February 18, 2022    
Among the numerous required postings and signage for apartment buildings in New York City, the fire safety notice that's posted on the backs of apartment entrance doors is one that has been shown to be very necessary due to recent tragic events. When faced with a fire in one’s building,...
Rent Increases

How to Collect 2022–23 MBR Increases for Rent-Controlled Units

February 18, 2022    
NYC Local Law 30 of 1970 stipulates that Maximum Base Rents be established for rent-controlled apartments according to a formula calculated to reflect real estate taxes, water and sewer charges, operating and maintenance expenses, return on capital value, and vacancy and collection loss allowance....
Management Basics

DOF Publishes FY 2023 Tentative Assessment Roll

February 18, 2022    
On Jan. 18, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) announced the publication of the tentative property assessment roll for fiscal year (FY) 2023, which shows the total market value of all NYC properties for the upcoming year at about $1.398 trillion, an increase of 8.2 percent from the 2022 fiscal...
In the News

City Council Discusses Permanent Open Restaurants Plan

February 18, 2022    
On Feb. 8, the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a joint hearing with the Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection on the proposed permanent open restaurant program. The meeting lasted over eight hours with 250 people testifying for and against the program.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: March 2022

February 18, 2022    
PROCEDURE—COURT Unemployed Tenant Who Got Large Settlement Couldn’t Rely on Hardship Declaration Landlord sued to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent. Landlord questioned the validity of a Hardship Declaration filed by tenants.
Feature

Tragic Bronx Fire Compels Review of Fire Safety Requirements

January 24, 2022    
We’ll run down the requirements for self-closing doors, smoke and CO detectors, fire escapes, stove knob covers—and all the related notices.   On Jan. 9, a fatal blaze began in a Bronx apartment unit, escaped an open door, and spread through the 19-story building. The fire killed...