Management Basics

DOB Extends Boiler Inspection and Report Deadline to Dec. 31

November 26, 2012    
The Department of Buildings (DOB) recently announced that the inspection and report deadlines for low- and high-pressure boilers have been extended to Dec. 31. In addition, reports for these inspections are now due no later than Feb. 15, 2013.
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How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Resulting from Hurricane Damage

November 26, 2012    
Household hazardous waste (HHW) generated as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy includes such things as contaminated petroleum products, paint, and pesticides. HHW should be disposed of properly to protect people’s health and the environment. The New York State Department of...
Management Basics

Follow Five Safety Tips When Using Backup Generators After a Disaster

November 26, 2012    
Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as well as the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. According to recent accounts, victims of Hurricane Sandy have been streaming into temporary emergency rooms and relief centers...
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FEMA Increases Temporary Housing Rental Assistance for NY Hurricane Victims

November 26, 2012    
State and federal officials are worried about an increase in the number of those displaced by Hurricane Sandy seeking temporary shelter. Although many people have stayed home despite having neither heat nor hot water, particularly in city housing projects in Coney Island and the Rockaways,...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2012

November 26, 2012    
Attorney's Fees: Tenant Gets Attorney's Fees in Discrimination Case Prospective tenant, a 45-year-old disabled man with AIDS, sued a real estate broker for housing discrimination after it refused to show him any apartments. Tenant had disclosed that he had a subsidy to help pay the rent....
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DHCR Will Approve MCI Rent Hikes for Backflow Prevention Devices

October 23, 2012    
New York City’s water purity is protected by many layers of laws and regulations. Protecting the water supply is important because clean water is essential for good health and contaminated water can spread diseases and death over large populations. In the past few years, we’ve seen a...
Management Basics

DHCR Cuts Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2012-13

October 23, 2012    
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has just announced a cut in this year's air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $22.66, down from $29.13last year. This year's decrease reflects a 22.2 percent decrease in the...
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Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2012

October 23, 2012    
Discrimination: Preliminary Injunction to Reinstall Building Ramps Denied Disabled tenants sued landlord for violations of the federal Fair Housing Act and New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code. They claimed that landlord improperly removed wheelchair ramps that tenants used at the...
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Fight Sanitation Violation Quickly and Inexpensively with Affidavit

October 20, 2012    
According to the sanitation rules and regulations of New York City, owners are responsible for the cleanliness of the sidewalk in front of and adjacent to their property. The sidewalks (including areas like tree pits, grass strips, etc.) and gutter areas (18 inches from the curb into the street)...
Management Basics

Follow Four Tips to Prepare Boiler for Heating Season

October 10, 2012    
The time is approaching when you’ll need to get your heating system online for the upcoming cold weather. In New York City, heating season officially begins on Oct. 1. By law, owners are also required to provide tenants with heat under the following conditions: Between the hours of 6 a.m. and...