Departments

NYC Sues Airbnb Over Ignored Subpoena

April 19, 2018    

The New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) established the standards for all buildings containing three or more dwelling units. The MDL flatly prohibits unhosted rentals of less than 30 days in “Class A” multiple dwellings. These are buildings occupied by three or more families...

Proposed State Law Would Address Source-of-Income Housing Discrimination

April 19, 2018    

Some state lawmakers in Albany are considering amending the state human rights law to make it illegal to discriminate against tenants based on where they receive their income. The change would include a “lawful source of income” provision that would protect people using government...

RAB and Apartment Building Workers Union Reach Wage Agreement

April 19, 2018    

Members of 32BJ SEIU, one of the city’s largest labor unions, reached a tentative agreement with the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, a group of building owners in the tristate area. Following a week of negotiations, a strike by janitors, porters, handymen, and doormen was averted...

New York State and City to Mandate Anti-Sexual Harassment Training for Private Employers

April 19, 2018    

The New York City Council recently approved legislation effective April 1, 2019, intended to combat sexual harassment. The Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act mandates that private employers with 15 or more employees in New York City conduct annual sexual harassment training. The New York State...

City Suspends 421-a Benefits to More Than 1,700 Non-Compliant Owners

March 27, 2018    

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha recently announced the suspension of 421-a benefits to more than 1,700 owners who haven’t complied with the requirements of the program. The suspensions are the latest phase of a multi-stage, multi-...

HPD Releases Initial Findings of 2017 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

March 27, 2018    

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer recently released the initial results of the 2017 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS). The survey is required by state and city rent regulation laws to determine New York City’s overall vacancy rate for rental housing. It’s...