Rent Increases

DHCR Updates Reasonable Cost Schedule for MCIs

January 24, 2022    
On Jan. 4, the DHCR issued update number 1 to Operational Bulletin 2021-1. When the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) was enacted, it directed the DHCR to create a schedule of reasonable costs associated with major capital improvements (MCIs). This is the first uppdate to the...
Management Basics

HPD to Enforce Stricter Definition of Lead-Based Paint

January 24, 2022    
HPD recently issued a release that highlighted new standards related to lead-based paint hazards. On Dec. 1, the standard to define paint as lead-based was cut in half. This new standard, the strictest in the nation, is expected to prompt an increase in lead violations issued by HPD inspectors. HPD...
Management Basics

DOB Issues Elevator and Boiler Inspection Updates

January 24, 2022    
The DOB recently updated the rules for periodic elevator and boiler inspections. The new requirements alter the timing for submitting test and inspection reports for both elevators and boilers in New York City. We’ll go over the basic requirements and cover the changes the recent updates made...
Feature

Waterlogged: Complying with the Annual Drinking Water Storage Tank Requirements

December 21, 2021    
Annual inspection results are due Jan. 15.   Rooftop water tanks help deliver drinking water to millions of New York City residents. Based on an inventory of buildings that stand seven stories or taller, it’s estimated that there are 12,000 to 17,000 water towers in New York City. As...
New Laws & Regs

City Council Passes Legislation to Limit Fees for Early Vacancies

December 21, 2021    
On Nov. 23, 2021, the City Council passed Int. 2312-A, which amends the landlord’s duty to mitigate damages for an early vacancy of a leased residence. Specifically, it limits the fees owners can collect from tenants who vacate before the end of a lease to prepare the property for the next...
New Laws & Regs

City Council Passes Bill to Further Regulate Short-Term Rentals

December 21, 2021    
On Dec. 9, 2021, the City Council voted to approve Int. 2309-A, which requires short-term rentals to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement. The bill would for the first time require hosts to register with the city before renting out their homes on a short-term basis or for...
In the News

NYC Public Advocate Reveals 2021 Worst Landlords List

December 21, 2021    
The Office of the Public Advocate recently released its annual Worst Landlord Watchlist. The list is an information-sharing tool that enables tenants, public officials, advocates, and other concerned people to identify which residential property owners consistently flout city laws intended to...
In the News

OCJ Releases 'Right to Counsel' Progress Report

December 21, 2021    
The Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) within the New York City Human Resources Administration recently released a report on the fourth year’s implementation of the Universal Access to Legal Services or “Right to Counsel” law that was enacted in 2017. The law required the Office of...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2022

December 20, 2021    
HARASSMENT Tenant Doesn’t Prove Harassment Based on Alleged Toxic Odor Tenant brought an HP proceeding against landlord, claiming harassment. She said there was a “toxic odor invading” her apartment in June 2020 and that landlord did nothing about it. Landlord asked the court to...
Feature

Rent Regulation Exit Strategy: Changes to Substantial Rehab Law in the Works

November 19, 2021    
A proposed bill wouldn’t block the exit—but it would require a formal approval process.     Owners’ ability to deregulate apartments and be exempt from rent stabilization requirements were severely eroded with the passage of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection...