Landlord v. Tenant: April 2024

March 18, 2024    


Qualifying MCI Work Need Not Be Performed to Entire Building Complex

Landlord of a large apartment complex containing 35 buildings applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes at 12 buildings, based on installation of new roofs, facade restoration, and...

DEP Expands Enforcement Actions Against Delinquent Water Accounts

March 18, 2024    

Delinquent accounts owe a total of $124 million.


During the pandemic, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) saw a significant increase in the number and balance of delinquent accounts. In fact, the total of delinquent payments nearly doubled to $1.2 billion...

TPU Secures $514K Settlement Against Landlord for Overcharging Rent

March 18, 2024    

Rent-regulated units were advertised as short-term rentals.


HPD Releases Initial Findings of 2023 Housing and Vacancy Survey

February 22, 2024    

In two years, the city’s vacancy rate has dropped from 4.54% to 1.4%.



Council Passes Bill Allowing Tenants to Report Issues in Vacant Units

December 18, 2023    

The bill’s supporters view it as a step toward quantifying the scale of warehousing.



City Wins Three Lawsuits Against Notorious Landlord

November 21, 2023    

Mayor Eric Adams recently announced that the city has won around $4.2 million in fines and settlements in three lawsuits against Daniel Ohebshalom and his business affiliates. The city accused Ohebshalom of making more than $300,000 in illegal hotel fees after displacing tenants in rent-...

New York Attorney General Launches Fair Housing Tester Program

November 21, 2023    

New York Attorney General Letitia James is launching a program to fund fair housing testers across the state. The program will use undercover testers to determine if fair housing laws are being followed in New York. The program will include responding to complaints about housing bias, advocating...

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2023

October 27, 2023    


Demolition Application Denied by DHCR

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to refuse renewal of tenant’s lease and proceed for eviction based on building demolition. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that it hadn’t submitted plans for the work at...

Management Company, Owner Sue Airbnb and Tenant for Local Law 18 Violations

October 27, 2023    

On Sept. 5, the city began enforcing Local Law 18 rules that require licenses for short-term rental hosts, banned whole-home rentals, and limited guests to two per reservation. Local Law 18 also requires registration requests to be denied for buildings on a prohibited buildings list. To be...

Judge Dismisses Airbnb Lawsuit Over Local Law 18 Enforcement

August 24, 2023    

A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Airbnb against New York City over what Airbnb called “extreme and oppressive” restrictions and a “de facto ban” on listings of less than 30 days [Airbnb, Inc v. NYC Mayor’s Office of Special Enf’t...

Landlord v. Tenant: September 2023

August 24, 2023    


Court Questions Whether Guaranty in Initial Lease Extended Upon Lease Renewal

Landlord sued to evict tenant in housing court for nonpayment of rent. In that prior proceeding, landlord obtained a judgment for rent owed in the amount of $45,100, and tenant moved out of the...

Include Monthly Rent Breakdown in All Rent Demand Notices

July 25, 2023    

Before you can sue to evict a tenant for not paying the rent, you must send the tenant a legal notice known as a “rent demand.” In it, you ask the tenant to pay the rent owed and give him a chance to pay before starting a nonpayment proceeding. Although this seems simple enough,...