Mayor Implements Predatory Equity Bill

January 26, 2018    

Last year, the City Council voted unanimously on the “Predatory Equity Bill,” which creates a watch list of rent-regulated buildings where tenants are potentially vulnerable to investors who may want to kick them out. Mayor de Blasio recently signed the bill into law.

Court Upholds Water Board’s 2017 Rate Increase and One-Time Credit

January 26, 2018    

The state’s highest court recently overturned the lower court ruling that blocked a one-time $183 credit for owners of one-, two-, and three-family dwellings. At the same time, the Water Board increased charges in 2017 for owners of apartment, co-op, and condo buildings. Apartment owners...

EPA Ordered to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

January 26, 2018    

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2016 found that despite decades of work to reduce lead in paint, dust, and water, about 3 percent of children around the country exhibit high levels of the metal in their blood. According to the study, the problem is particularly acute in parts...

Landlord v. Tenant: February 2018

January 26, 2018    


Court Applies Law Retroactively to Find Apartment Was Improperly Deregulated

Landlord sued to evict unregulated tenant after tenant's lease expired. Tenant claimed that he was rent stabilized and had been overcharged. The court ruled for tenant....

City Council Passes Bill Protecting Immigrant Tenants from Harassment

December 20, 2017    

The City Council recently approved a bill that bars owners from asking immigrant tenants for proof of citizenship. Int. No. 1678, introduced by Councilmember Peter Koo of District 20, amends the definition of “harassment” under the Housing Maintenance Code to include discriminatory...

City Council Expands the Definition of ‘Harassment’

December 20, 2017    

The City Council recently passed Councilmember Jumaane Williams’s bill, Intro 1721-A. The bill expands the definition of “harassment” to include to include knowingly providing any false or misleading information to any resident of an apartment, making multiple false violation...

Four Lawsuits Target Owners Abusing J-51 Tax Program

December 20, 2017    

Four class action lawsuits were filed recently against three owners believed to be among the biggest abusers of the J-51 tax program in the city. The suits were filed in New York County Supreme Court after an investigation by the non-profit watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative (HRI).

Landlord v. Tenant: January 2018

December 20, 2017    


Landlord Can Evict Tenant for Chronic Nonpayment of Rent

Landlord sued to evict tenant for chronic nonpayment of rent. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in court that put tenant on probation. Tenant then failed to pay rent on time in June 2015 and didn...

Landlord v. Tenant: December 2017

November 28, 2017    

Passing on Apartments

No Proof Roommate Was in Family-Type Relationship with Tenant

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant after rent-controlled tenant died. Occupant claimed that he had lived with tenant for 43 years in a nontraditional, spousal, family relationship, and...

Landlord v. Tenant: November 2017

October 19, 2017    


Tenant Repeatedly Refused Access to Landlord

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant who repeatedly refused access for inspection and performance of repairs. The court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the housing court didn't...

New Smoking Policy Rule Goes into Effect Next Year

September 19, 2017    

For years, the city has banned smoking in the common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Beginning in February 2018, the city will extend this prohibition to include buildings with three or more units. In addition, Mayor de Blasio recently signed a measure into law that will require...

Bedbug Law Update Will Take Effect for 2018

September 19, 2017    

As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, starting Nov. 6, 2017, all owners must attempt to obtain bedbug infestation history from tenants including any remedial or eradication methods. The new law requires owners to share written bedbug infestation histories with tenants on an annual basis. Notices...