Feature Articles

Chief Judge Pauses Execution of Eviction Warrants Until October

August 26, 2020    

On Aug. 12, 2020, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued a memorandum revising the procedure for both residential and commercial eviction proceedings. This guidance comes a week after Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.55 extending New York’s eviction...

DHCR Issues Reasonable Cost Schedule for MCIs

August 26, 2020    

When owners make improvements or installations to a building subject to the rent stabilization or rent control laws, they can apply to the DHCR for approval to raise the rents of the tenants. When the improvement or installation meets certain requirements it will be considered a major capital...

Perform Gas Piping Inspection for Community District 1, 3, 10 Buildings by Dec. 31

August 26, 2020    

On Sept. 13, 2019, the DOB adopted a new Section 103-10 to Title 1 of the Rules of New York City, regarding the periodic inspection of gas piping systems. This was the culmination of a three-year long process to give effect to Local Law 152 of 2016, which requires periodic inspections of “...

New Law Extends COVID-Related Eviction Protections

July 23, 2020    

Tenants are still on the hook to pay back rent owed, but you may have to work out a payment plan....

 

On June 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Tenant Safe Harbor Act. The new law, sponsored by New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Liz...

Notify Struggling Tenants of Rent Relief Program

July 23, 2020    

The DHCR is currently administering a COVID Rent Relief Program that will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the owner. Applicants won’t need to repay this assistance. Applications will be accepted from July 16 through July 30.

Follow New Procedures for OATH/ECB Hearings

July 23, 2020    

If you’ve received a summons regarding a notice of violation from any city agency, you must follow certain procedures to respond. NYC’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH) is the administrative tribunal that conducts hearings on notices of...

RGB Issues Rent Freeze Amid Pandemic

June 26, 2020    

The RGB freezes one-year renewal rents and sets a partial freeze for two-year renewals.

 

On June 17, in a 6 to 3 vote, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) decided to freeze rents for rent-stabilized tenants with one-year leases. For two-year renewal leases, a 1...

New Filing Rules Aim to Manage Expected Deluge of Eviction Cases

June 26, 2020    

On June 18, New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued a memo and two administrative orders regarding residential and commercial eviction proceedings. According to the memo, the court is concerned about the public health consequences from a “sudden high-volume influx...

Follow Phase 2 Guidance for Showing Apartments

June 26, 2020    

On June 22, New York City entered Phase 2 of Governor Cuomo’s phased approach to reopen industries and businesses in New York State. As part of Phase 2, real estate and rental-leasing industries are allowed to reopen their workplaces. This means brokerages, property managers, and...

File 2020 Rent Registrations Online by July 31

June 26, 2020    

You must file an Annual Apartment Registration application with the DHCR for every rent-stabilized apartment you own by July 31, 2020, using the DHCR’s online Owner Rent Regulation Application system. As in past years, the penalty for not filing is stiff: You can’t collect a rent...

Facade Amnesty Program Begins July 1 for Limited Time

June 26, 2020    

The DOB’s Facade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) is offering an amnesty period beginning July 1, 2020. The amnesty period will give owners who didn’t file (No Report Filed - NRF) a Façade Report during Cycle 8 the opportunity to administratively close Cycle 8 with the Cycle 9...

DOB Modifies Tenant Protection Plan Form

June 26, 2020    

Owners anticipating construction work in their occupied buildings must comply with Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) requirements and notices. These requirements came about in 2017 through a package of bills focusing on tenant harassment. At the time, among the bills signed into law was one for an...