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Analysis Finds Mayor on Pace to Meet Housing Target

August 3, 2017    

According to analysis by the New York Building Congress (NYBC), despite the expiration of the 421a tax incentive program and community resistance to portions of the mayor’s rezoning plan, New York City is roughly on pace to meet de Blasio’s 10-year target for the construction of new...

Boiler Compliance Filings to Launch on DOB NOW: Safety

August 3, 2017    

Boiler compliance filings for 2017 and beyond will be launched on Aug. 14, 2017, on DOB’s online platform for owners to submit their compliance filings, DOB Now: Safety. Currently, 2017 Boiler Inspection Cycle compliance filings submitted in person or via mail are no longer accepted....

Proposed Rule Hearing Scheduled on HPD’s New Gas Leak Notice

August 3, 2017    

HPD has proposed rules to clarify what should be included on notices informing residents about emergency procedures in case of a gas leak. The proposed rule is intended to clarify for owners what information should be provided on required notices informing tenants of procedures to be followed in...

NYC Seeks Owner and Manager Input for 2018 Benchmarking Law Expansion

July 6, 2017    

Local Law 84, the benchmarking law, was enacted eight years ago and currently affects all buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. The goal of benchmarking is to encourage landlords to be more energy efficient by forcing them to track their energy and water usage, and to see how their buildings...

Mayor Announces Inwood Rezoning Plans

July 6, 2017    

Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Patchett, and City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez recently unveiled the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan, which outlines neighborhood-wide goals and strategies to address outdated zoning and rising rents,...

RGB Votes to Increase One-Year Lease Rents for First Time Since 2014

July 6, 2017    

The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) recently voted for a rent increase of 1.25 percent for one-year rent-stabilized leases and 2 percent for two-year leases. This year’s vote represents the end of a two-year rent freeze.

Of the nine-member board, the two votes against came from...

RGB Votes to Increase One-Year Lease Rents for First Time Since 2014

July 6, 2017    

The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) recently voted for a rent increase of 1.25 percent for one-year rent-stabilized leases and 2 percent for two-year leases. This year’s vote represents the end of a two-year rent freeze.

Of the nine-member board, the two votes against came from...

Mayor Signs Update to Heating Requirements

June 8, 2017    

On May 24, the City Council passed heating legislation and Mayor de Blasio recently signed it into law. The legislation sets the overnight temperature requirement at 62 degrees. This is an increase from 55 degrees, the prior standard temperature from 10 PM to 6 AM during the heating season from...

HPD Releases Sample Gas Leak Notice

June 8, 2017    

Local Law 153 of 2016 recently went into effect. The law requires the owner of a dwelling to provide residential tenants with a notice regarding procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected.

The information must be provided by:

Apartment Law Insider Wins Top Newsletter Award

June 8, 2017    

On June 6, New York Apartment Law Insider received the First Place Award for Best Business Newsletter, presented by the Specialized Information Publisher’s Association (SIPA) at its annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The judges based their decision on...

Bills Aim to Speed Up Rental Subsidy Payments

May 4, 2017    

New bills sponsored by Councilman Ritchie Torres, D-Bronx, are focused on helping transition the homeless out of shelters. One part of the legislative package is intended to build landlords' trust in city programs that help formerly homeless people pay rent.

City Council Tenant Advocate Bill Met with Resistance

May 4, 2017    

The City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings recently heard more than a dozen bills that would enhance tenant protections and combat abuses by owners. Among those proposals was one that would create a new ombudsman within the Department of Buildings whose responsibility would be...