Feature Articles

Waterlogged: Complying with the Annual Drinking Water Storage Tank Requirements

December 21, 2021    

Annual inspection results are due Jan. 15.

 

Rooftop water tanks help deliver drinking water to millions of New York City residents. Based on an inventory of buildings that stand seven stories or taller, it’s estimated that there are 12,000 to 17,000 water towers in...

City Council Passes Legislation to Limit Fees for Early Vacancies

December 21, 2021    

On Nov. 23, 2021, the City Council passed Int. 2312-A, which amends the landlord’s duty to mitigate damages for an early vacancy of a leased residence. Specifically, it limits the fees owners can collect from tenants who vacate before the end of a lease to prepare the property for the next...

City Council Passes Bill to Further Regulate Short-Term Rentals

December 21, 2021    

On Dec. 9, 2021, the City Council voted to approve Int. 2309-A, which requires short-term rentals to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement. The bill would for the first time require hosts to register with the city before renting out their homes on a short-term basis or...

Rent Regulation Exit Strategy: Changes to Substantial Rehab Law in the Works

November 19, 2021    

A proposed bill wouldn’t block the exit—but it would require a formal approval process.

 

 

Owners’ ability to deregulate apartments and be exempt from rent stabilization requirements were severely eroded with the passage of the Housing...

City Council Extends Local Law 152 Gas Pipe Inspection Deadline

November 19, 2021    

Local Law 152 requires that all buildings with gas piping, except R-3 occupancy buildings (which are mostly one- and two-family dwellings), have their gas piping system inspected at certain intervals by a licensed master plumber (LMP).

Local Law 55: Perform Indoor Allergen Hazard Investigations by Dec. 31

November 19, 2021    

In New York City, Local Law 55 of 2018, the Asthma-Free Housing Act, requires that owners of buildings with three or more apartments keep their tenants’ apartments free of mold and pests. Under this law, an owner of multiple dwellings is required to inspect units annually for indoor...

Local Law 69: Complete Annual Bedbug Reporting by Dec. 31

November 19, 2021    

As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, apartment building owners are required to file bedbug infestation and treatment reports with HPD annually. Owners must file annually between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31 for the previous year, from November 2020 through October 2021.

What Owners Need to Know About the Landlord Rental Assistance Program

October 18, 2021    

Owners who couldn’t get relief in the original Emergency Rental Assistance Program can now apply for thousands of dollars in aid through a new state program launched on Oct. 7. The Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) gives eligible recipients payments of up to a year’s worth of...

A 'FAIRER' Way to Pay ECB Fines

October 18, 2021    

Under the Department of Finance’s new Environmental Control Board (ECB) amnesty program, if you have unpaid eligible ECB judgments issued by various city agencies and adjudicated by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), you may be able to save up to 75 percent and have...

DHCR Increases A/C Rent Surcharge for 2021–22

October 18, 2021    

The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced an increase in this year’s air conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. It set the monthly surcharge at $27.16, up $1.85 from $25.31 last year. This year’s increase reflects a 7.8 percent...

How to Apply the Rent Guidelines When ERAP Is Accepted

September 22, 2021    

If you’re accepting ERAP funds, you must abide by certain terms.

 

Updated Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label Available on Oct. 1

September 22, 2021    

Large building owners must post the label by Oct. 31 or face a $1,250 penalty.