Departments

Switching from Gas to Electric Stoves in Rent-Stabilized Apartments

July 28, 2022    

Q I own a small mixed-use building in Brooklyn with two commercial tenants, three rent-stabilized tenants, and three market-rate tenants. As a result of Local Law 152 gas piping inspection requirements, I will have to replace five of the...

OTDA to Begin Processing Additional ERAP Applications

July 28, 2022    

On July 21, the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced that it is “actively reviewing and processing eligible Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications submitted through June 30, 2022.” This announcement came about because the 2022–23...

Judge Orders Owner to Pay $70K for Disability Discrimination

July 28, 2022    

HUD recently announced that an Administrative Law Judge found that a Long Island landlord violated the Fair Housing Act when he refused to rent to a mother and her daughter because of the daughter’s cerebral palsy. The judge ordered the owner to pay $50,530 in damages to the family and a $...

Landlord v. Tenant: August 2022

July 28, 2022    

PROCEDURE—COURT

ERAP Stay Vacated by Court Where Occupant Was Former Super Who Never Paid Rent

Landlord sued to evict its former building superintendent after his employment was terminated in October 2021. The super had lived in one of landlord’s apartments since...

Water Board Approves 4.9% Rate Hike Effective July 1

June 28, 2022    

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for proposing water rates, while the Water Board is responsible for establishing the rate following the proposal and subsequent public hearings. DEP delivers over a billion gallons of drinking water, treats 1.3 billion gallons...

RGB Votes for Rent Increases in Preliminary Vote

May 19, 2022    

In a preliminary vote on May 5, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) recommended increasing rents for rent-stabilized apartment buildings. The RGB is made up of nine mayoral appointees, two of whom represent tenants, two who represent landlords, and another five members who are supposed to act on...

HPD Releases Initial Findings from the 2021 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

May 19, 2022    

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently released selected initial findings from the 2021 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) after state lawmakers voted twice to delay the report by more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to accommodate U...

Landlord v. Tenant: June 2022

May 19, 2022    

PROCEDURE—COURT

Court Lifts ERAP Stay of Holdover Proceeding Against Occupant

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupants as "licensees" after the unit's rent-stabilized tenant died. Shortly after landlord filed the holdover petition in August 2021, one of...

Landlord v. Tenant: May 2022

April 22, 2022    

PROCEDURE—DHCR

Late Filing of PAR Not Excused by Tenant's COVID Infection

Tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who then filed a PAR to appeal. The DHCR rejected tenant's PAR as untimely...

Claiming Diplomatic Immunity to Sidestep Building Policies

March 18, 2022    

Q Foreign diplomats are smoking in their apartments. Are they allowed to claim some sort of diplomatic immunity from my building’s no-smoking policies? Are they exempt?

HPD Steps Up Enforcement of Open Violations in 250 Buildings

March 18, 2022    

HPD's Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP) is a program for apartment buildings that have many Housing Maintenance Code violations. The goal of the program is to improve housing conditions by performing frequent inspections to monitor correction of violations, and issue Orders to Correct if...

Owners Pay City Record $2.25M to Settle Claims of Illegal Evictions and Short-Term Rentals

March 18, 2022    

Mayor Eric Adams and New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement against the owners of a building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for illegally evicting tenants in 2020 and running an unlawful short-term rental operation for four years across nine Brooklyn buildings. The...