Feature Articles

Set Occupancy Benchmarks to Prevent Improper Pass-Ons

November 20, 2020    

Here’s how to keep track of who’s living in an apartment.

 

Mayor Expands City's Green New Deal to Rent-Regulated Buildings

November 20, 2020    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a bill that requires some rent-regulated buildings to abide by strict carbon emission caps. The bill, which was spearheaded by Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides, increases the threshold for rent-regulated buildings to be exempted from the...

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

November 20, 2020    

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: File Annual Bedbug Report by Dec. 31

November 20, 2020    

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 between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31 for the previous year from November 2019 through November 2020.

Old Rules vs. New Rules: Anatomy of HSTPA's Effect on Rent Increases

October 26, 2020    

The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019, which went into effect on June 14, 2019, made dramatic changes to how rents can be raised. It changed formulas for vacancy leases, major capital improvements (MCI), and individual apartment improvements (IAI). Before HSTPA, rent...

DHCR Increases Air Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2020-21

October 26, 2020    

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 $25.31, up $0.37 from $24.94 last year. This year’s increase reflects a 1.48 percent...

Chief Judge Lifts Suspension of Eviction Cases

October 26, 2020    

On Oct. 9, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued a memorandum revising the procedure for addressing residential eviction proceedings. “All residential eviction matters—nonpayment and holdover, without regard to the date of commencement—may resume...

CDC Issues Eviction Moratorium Until Dec. 31

September 24, 2020    

We answer landlords’ most frequently asked questions about the CDC order.

 

Local Law 31: HPD Adopts Five-Year Lead Paint Testing Rules

September 24, 2020    

We'll give you a checklist of key lead paint-related documents to save to prove compliance, and tell you about grants available to help you remediate lead paint hazards.

 

Earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio signed a package of bills designed to strengthen existing lead...

Know Your Heating Obligations as 'Heat Season' Begins

September 24, 2020    

The 2020–2021 “heat season” begins on Oct. 1 and continues through May 31, 2021. As heat season begins and colder weather is around the corner, owners must be aware of the temperature requirements for all apartments. HPD responds to all heat and hot water complaints and, if...

Post Large Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label by Oct. 31

September 24, 2020    

The NYC Benchmarking Law, Local Law 84 of 2009 as amended by Local Law 133 of 2016, requires owners of large buildings to measure their energy and water consumption annually in a process called benchmarking. The law standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual...

Fines Doubled for Not Correcting 'Immediately Hazardous' Violation

September 24, 2020    

On Aug. 27, the DOB adopted a new rule increasing the penalty amount for failing to certify the correction of certain immediately hazardous violations. According to the update, whenever any person fails to submit certification of correction of an immediately hazardous violation that poses a...