Departments

Landlord v. Tenant: March 2017

February 17, 2017    

DEMOLITION

Landlord Must Pay Tenant Stipends and Relocation Costs

The DHCR directed landlord to pay tenants’ demolition stipends and relocation costs in connection with a building demolition. Landlord filed an Article 78 appeal, claiming that the DHCR’s decision was...

NYC Human Rights Commission Charges Five Owners with Source of Income Discrimination

January 24, 2017    

The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently announced five complaints filed against large owners and brokerage firms for repeatedly refusing to accept housing vouchers. The complaints allege discrimination against prospective tenants based on their lawful source of income, a violation of the NYC...

City Council to Introduce Construction Safety Bills

January 24, 2017    

The New York City Council is expected to introduce a package of bills aimed at addressing the increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the construction industry. The city recorded 24 construction deaths over a two-year period—11 each year for workers and two passersby. The city...

DOF Publishes FY 2018 Tentative Property Tax Assessment Roll

January 24, 2017    

According to new data from the city’s Department of Finance (DOF), the total tentative market value for all assessed properties in New York City increased to $1.157 trillion this year, an 8.74 percent increase from 2016, when the total crossed $1 trillion for the first time.

Landlord v. Tenant: February 2017

January 24, 2017    

PROCEDURE—COURT

Landlord Sufficiently Identified Apartment Occupant in Court Papers

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupants, claiming that they were licensees or squatters. One of the occupants asked the court to dismiss the case. He claimed that landlord failed to...

Legislation Allowing Installation of Remote Heat Sensors in the Works

December 16, 2016    

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently joined affected tenants and housing lawyers in announcing a lawsuit based on data from a technology partnership that monitors heating-related harassment in Brooklyn apartment buildings. They discussed how residents across the borough are utilizing...

Proposed Law Would Require Sidewalk Scaffolding Removal After Three Months

December 16, 2016    

According to the DOB, there are 9,000 sidewalk sheds in NYC. They are installed to protect people from falling masonry and other debris. However, some feel they are staying up too long. City Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side, recently proposed a new law that would give...

New Study Predicts Rising Sea Levels, Extensive Flooding in NYC

December 16, 2016    

The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, recently came out with a new report that draws attention to the threat to the New York metropolitan area from sea level rise cause by climate change. The report is called “Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens...

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2017

December 16, 2016    

Procedure—Court

Tenant Refused to Pay Use and Occupancy While Case Pending

Landlord sued to eject rent-stabilized tenant. In two separate orders, the court directed tenant to pay for past and current use and occupancy while the case was pending. When...

Cuomo Strikes Deal for Possible Revival of 421-a Program

November 21, 2016    

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has reached a deal with developers and union construction officials to revive the 421-a program. The program expired in January. It grants cuts in property taxes to developers who set aside subsidized apartments for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families or...

Mayor Signs Legislation Expediting ‘Build it Back’ Construction Work

November 21, 2016    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation that will expedite approval of demolition and construction work performed by city-procured contractors under the Build it Back program, which aims to rebuild communities and homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Legislation Introduced to Audit 20 Percent of 421-a Buildings

November 21, 2016    

Two bills, Int. 1366 and Int. 1359, were recently introduced in the City Council by the chamber’s housing committee chair, Jumaane Williams, and Stephen Levin. The first bill would require HPD to audit a certain number of buildings receiving benefits under section 421-a of the real...