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HPD Announces Start of "Heat Season" in NYC

October 3, 2018    

HPD recently reminded tenants, owners, and landlords of the temperature requirements for all apartments as New York’s “heat season” begins. The 2018-2019 “heat season” begins on Monday, Oct. 1 and continues through Friday, May 31.

Councilmember Proposes Bill to Make Owners Stop Lying on Permits

October 3, 2018    

Councilmember Ritchie Torres introduced a new bill to stop owners from falsely claiming on applications for building permits that their properties have no rent-regulated units. According to a report recently released by the Housing Rights Initiative and the Department of Investigation, the city...

City Council Holds Hearing on Lead Poisoning Reduction Bills

October 3, 2018    

The NYC City Council recently held hearings on a package of bills aimed at reducing lead poisoning in children. “I believe it is a failure and a tragedy that children are still affected in a devastating way, potentially for the rest of their lives," said Speaker Corey Johnson at a...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal MCI Program

September 6, 2018    

Two Queens lawmakers, State Senator Mike Gianaris and Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, recently introduced a bill in their respective chambers that would repeal the Major Capital Improvements (MCI) program and instead provide building owners with tax credits to offset the costs of upgrades. The MCI...

Investigation Claims Trump Lawyer Cohen Harassed Rent-Stabilized Tenants

September 6, 2018    

According to an investigation spearheaded by the nonprofit Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), attorney Michael Cohen, known for being President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, allegedly engaged in tenant harassment and falsified paperwork in order to quickly turn a profit on...

DOB Fines Kushner Companies for Falsifying Permits

September 6, 2018    

The DOB recently fined Kushner Companies $210,000 for falsifying dozens of permit applications at 17 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The New York Times first reported that the DOB levied the fines for 42 instances in which Kushner made misrepresentations about the existence of rent-...

Mayor Announces Creation of Unit Targeting Maintenance Harassment

August 2, 2018    

Mayor de Blasio recently announced the creation of a new Tenant Anti-Harassment Unit that will be dedicated to pursuing potential cases of maintenance harassment in multifamily residential buildings and connecting tenants to legal services resources, a complement to the city’s efforts...

City Launches Partners in Preservation Pilot Program

August 2, 2018    

HPD and NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) recently announced the launch of Partners in Preservation, a new pilot program that will serve as a hub for local anti-displacement initiatives in the Inwood and Washington Heights, East Harlem, and Jerome Avenue neighborhoods. The program will...

City to Streamline Rental Assistance Programs

August 2, 2018    

The de Blasio administration recently announced the new City Fighting Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) program, which will replace the Living in Communities, the Special Exit and Prevention Supplement, and the City Family Eviction Prevention and Exit Plan Supplement...

DSS Source of Income Discrimination Unit Files First Two Cases

July 12, 2018    

The newly formed Department of Social Services (DSS) Source of Income Discrimination Unit recently filed its first two cases against New York City landlords in New York State Supreme Court for discrimination based on source of income. Part of the mayor’s Turning the Tide plan to address...

HPD’s Landlord Ambassadors Program Closes First Deals

July 12, 2018    

Last May, Enterprise Community Partners and HPD launched their Landlord Ambassadors program by selecting community-based nonprofits to reach out and help owners of small and mid-sized multifamily buildings throughout the city take advantage of HPD’s housing programs. HPD is tasked with...

De Blasio Administration Proposes Pilot Basement Conversion Program

July 12, 2018    

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Members Brad Lander, Rafael Espinal, and Inez Barron recently proposed legislation to establish a three-year demonstration program to facilitate the creation and renovation of apartments in the basements and cellars of certain one- and two-family homes in...