Feature

Get Staff to Report Signs of Tenant-Related Trouble

January 24, 2013    
Your building employees are in a perfect position to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in your building. And the information they give you about tenants can be critical in helping you run your building. They can alert you to lease violations and unauthorized tenants, and they can help...
Management Basics

Take Three Steps to Minimize Fines if Boiler Breaks Down

January 24, 2013    
If your building’s boiler breaks down this winter, you should be ready with a game plan to avoid fines, city-imposed repair charges, or rent cuts. You should be prepared to respond quickly and have your boiler repair company’s contact information handy.
In the News

City Council Passes Bill to Reject Quick Fixes by Owners

January 24, 2013    
A bill that gets tougher on owners who make cosmetic repairs to buildings but fail to address underlying structural problems was recently passed by the city council. The bill passed unanimously and now goes to the mayor’s desk for his signature. If it becomes law, there will be a rulemaking...
In the News

Water Bill Issues Related to Hurricane Sandy

January 24, 2013    
On Nov. 30, Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter H. Strickland Jr. announced that the city would temporarily suspend water bills for properties that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
In the News

$40M Storm Recovery Loan Fund Launched

January 24, 2013    
Mayor Bloomberg, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), and Housing Development Corporation (HDC), together with Citi Community Capital, recently launched the Storm Recovery Loan Fund, a pilot program to provide up to $40...
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: February 2013

January 24, 2013    
DOH Violations: Landlord Responsible for Condition Yielding Mosquitoes DOHMH issued a violation notice to landlord after finding a large container next to his building that held standing water and organic material. DOHMH claimed that this condition was conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes....
Feature

How to Prove a Case for Owner Occupancy Destabilization

December 19, 2012    
An owner may want to move into a rent-stabilized apartment in a building he owns for many reasons. He may desire a place to live in New York City; he may seek an apartment for a family member; he may want to expand the size of an apartment he already occupies in the building.
Landlord v. Tenant

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2013

December 19, 2012    
DOB Violations: Landlord Exempt from Filing Local Law 11 Report DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to file an amended report to confirm the correction of unsafe building facade conditions described in the initial report he filed under Local Law 11 of 1998. Landlord claimed that...
In the News

Tenants Sue Owner for Smelly Aftermath

December 19, 2012    
A group of tenants in Manhattan Beach recently went to court to make their building’s owner get rid of a foul smell that Superstorm Sandy left behind. According to tenants, a smell has permeated the 49-unit property ever since sea water flooded the basement and sprang leaks in stored fuel...
Feature

DOB Issues Placards, Waives Application Fees for Repair Work

November 26, 2012    
On Nov. 12, Mayor Bloomberg signed an emergency order to waive all Department of Buildings (DOB) application and permit fees for repair work to buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To help New Yorkers affected by the storm, buildings with significant structural damage in need of demolition,...