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Group of Owners, Brokers Settle Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit

May 18, 2022    

Twenty-three owners and apartment brokers recently agreed to enact reforms to resolve a lawsuit alleging they routinely turned away prospective tenants seeking to use federal vouchers to supplement their rent. Originally filed in March 2022, the lawsuit claimed that 88 owners and brokers in the...

DOB Announces Return of Free, No-Penalty Inspection Programs

May 4, 2022    

On April 27, the DOB announced the return of two programs that will help building owners ensure the safety of their buildings without financial penalties. The two citywide initiatives — the No-Penalty Business Accessory Sign Inspection Program and the No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall...

Mayor’s Executive Order Strengthens Fire Safety Enforcement, Education

April 20, 2022    

New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently signed Executive Order 12 to strengthen fire safety enforcement and outreach in the aftermath of the tragic Twin Parks apartment fire in January. The executive order will increase coordination between Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and Department of...

NYC Sues Landlord with over 1,900 violations

April 6, 2022    

New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently announced that the city has filed a lawsuit against Moshe Piller, an owner who has amassed more than 1,900 violations across 15 rent-stabilized buildings he owns throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Piller is ranked number 28 on the NYC public...

City Council’s Housing Chair Seeks Timely Building Code Enforcement

March 17, 2022    

Councilmember Peirina Sanchez, the new chair of the City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings, said in a recent radio interview she plans to focus on code enforcement at future committee hearings. She is aiming to look at how city agencies respond to unsafe living conditions in...

Checking Contractors' Insurance Policy Exclusions

February 22, 2022    

The Insider spoke with Jonathan Steward, vice president/producer, O&S Insurance Brokerage Group, to discuss why there are more and more exclusions in contractors’ insurance policies—and how to guard against them.

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Mayor Adams Appoints Housing Leadership Team

February 17, 2022    

Mayor Eric Adams recently announced the team who will lead his administration’s low-income housing strategy. Jessica Katz will lead the team as the city’s chief housing officer. Adolfo Carrión Jr. will serve as commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (...

AG Bans Predatory Landlord from NY Real Estate Business

February 2, 2022    

A landlord has been banned from New York real estate after violating an agreement with the state attorney general’s office to end illegal business practices and tenant harassment. The New York Supreme Court issued an order barring the landlord, Raphael Toledano, from engaging in any New...

Gov. Hochul Announces FY 2023 Budget, $2B for Pandemic Recovery

January 19, 2022    

Governor Kathy Hochul, with Division of the Budget Director Robert F. Mujica Jr., recently outlined her Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Executive Budget. "We have the means to immediately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as embrace this once-in-a-generation opportunity for the future with a...

NYC Property Tax Reform Commission Releases Final Report

January 5, 2022    

When Bill de Blasio campaigned to be mayor eight years ago, he pledged to fix New York City's property tax system. In May 2018, Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson convened the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform to recommend reforms to the system to make...

$68M in Rent Supplements for Struggling Renters in NYC

December 15, 2021    

A new state law that will boost rental subsidies to thousands of struggling New York City families living in shelters or at risk of eviction has been signed into law, taking effect immediately. With the bill's signing, Governor Hochul announced $100 million is available for counties to help...

HPD Settles with Building Owner Over Harassment and Violations

December 1, 2021    

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently announced a major settlement agreement with a Brooklyn-based landlord who has topped the NYC Public Advocate’s Worst Landlord Watchlist two years in a row.