Departments

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...

Landlord v. Tenant: April 2022

March 18, 2022    

RENT

Landlords Claim Property Manager Breached Fiduciary Duty in How Rents Were Set

Landlords of several residential buildings sued their property management company and individual officers affiliated with the management company. Landlords claimed breach of contract, breach of...

Checking Contractors' Insurance Policy Exclusions

February 22, 2022    

The Insider spoke with Jonathan Steward, vice president/producer, O&S Insurance Brokerage Group, to discuss why there are more and more exclusions in contractors’ insurance policies—and how to guard against them.

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City Council Discusses Permanent Open Restaurants Plan

February 18, 2022    

On Feb. 8, the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a joint hearing with the Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection on the proposed permanent open restaurant program. The meeting lasted over eight hours with 250 people testifying for and against the program.

Landlord v. Tenant: March 2022

February 18, 2022    

PROCEDURE—COURT

Unemployed Tenant Who Got Large Settlement Couldn’t Rely on Hardship Declaration

Landlord sued to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent. Landlord questioned the validity of a Hardship Declaration filed by...

NYC Public Advocate Reveals 2021 Worst Landlords List

December 21, 2021    

The Office of the Public Advocate recently released its annual Worst Landlord Watchlist. The list is an information-sharing tool that enables tenants, public officials, advocates, and other concerned people to identify which residential property owners consistently flout city laws intended to...