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Gov. Cuomo Signs New Law Making Tenant Harassment Easier to Prove

December 4, 2019    

The governor recently signed a bill package from Attorney General Letitia James that she says will make it more difficult for owners to force tenants out of their rent-regulated homes. Previously, the law provided protections only to those tenants who could demonstrate physical injury and failed...

City Launches Lead Paint Ad Campaign to Educate Landlords

December 4, 2019    

HPD, in partnership with LeadFreeNYC, recently launched an outreach and education campaign to remind property owners of their responsibilities under the law when it comes to identifying lead-based paint hazards and remediating those hazards safely. LeadFreeNYC is an interagency comprehensive...

Report Finds Decline in NYC Residential Eviction Filings

December 4, 2019    

The NYU Furman Center recently released a brief showing an overall decline in residential evictions filed in New York City Housing Court between 2010 and 2017. The analysis draws on records from New York State’s Office of Court Administration and provides new insight on landlord-initiated...

NYC Launches Tenant Protection Ad Campaign, Website

October 31, 2019    

The de Blasio Administration recently launched a campaign to educate tenants on their new rights under the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. The ads, designed by The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, give New York City renters the information they need to hold their...

City Council Criticizes City Hall over Lagging Superstorm Sandy Response

October 31, 2019    

At a recent Environment Protection Committee hearing, council members from Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan questioned Jainey Bavishi, director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency. With regard to resiliency projects since Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers stressed...

Tenant Advocacy Group Campaigns for Even Greater Rent Protections

October 31, 2019    

Housing Justice for All, an advocacy group comprising several different tenants’ rights organizations, recently announced a new campaign calling for the state legislature to prioritize housing and invest in guaranteeing homes for New York State residents in 2020. The group wants state...

City Expands Benefits of Rent Freeze Programs for Seniors and Disabled

October 3, 2019    

The city recently released updated guidelines for its rent freeze programs that help senior citizens (aged 62 and over) and tenants with qualifying disabilities (aged 18 and over) stay in housing by freezing their rent. Together, Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disabled Rent...

Comptroller Finds Systemic Failure to Protect Children from Lead Exposure

October 3, 2019    

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer recently released results of an investigation revealing the city’s systemic failure to protect children from toxic lead. According to the Comptroller, the city failed to use its own data to perform lead inspections in buildings most likely to pose threats to...

Audit Finds DOF Mismanagement of Property-Related Taxes

October 3, 2019    

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer recently released a new audit that found the New York City Department of Finance (DOF) performed lackluster oversight of its Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) review processes and its tax collections in Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. According to the analysis, in...

Proposed Legislation Would Regulate Buyouts

September 11, 2019    

State Sen. Julia Salazar recently introduced a bill in the New York State Senate to place new limitations on buyouts of rent-regulated apartments. The legislation, if approved, would go into effect July 1, 2020.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to Introduce New York Housing Ideas at Federal Level

September 11, 2019    

At a recent Public Housing Town Hall meeting in the Bronx, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she plans to introduce the “Just Cause” and Access to Counsel housing-policy ideas at a federal level. Just cause eviction policies limit the grounds upon which an owner may evict a...

Tenant Groups Seek to Join Lawsuit Challenging Rent Regulations

September 11, 2019    

The Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC recently asked a federal judge for approval to file a motion to intervene in the rent-law case, which was filed earlier this year by landlords' groups, the Rent Stabilization Association and the Community Housing Improvement Program. The...