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DOB Issues Energy Rating Label Violations, Extends Benchmarking Deadline

May 5, 2021    

The DOB recently released a service update extending the energy benchmarking compliance deadline to June 1. Typically, the deadline for submitting benchmarking data for applicable buildings is May 1. According to the service update, the extension is due to a "technological deficiency....

Judge Rules HSTPA Doesn't Prohibit Broker's Fees

April 21, 2021    

An Albany judge recently declared New York state regulators’ attempt to ban tenants from paying landlords’ broker fees an “error of law.” The decision comes more than a year after the Department of State issued guidance banning the practice. That guidance offered...

State Leaders’ Budget Agreement Includes Rental Assistance Funds

April 7, 2021    

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie recently announced an agreement on the FY2022 New York State Budget. The 2021-2022 State Budget includes $2.4 billion for the creation of a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The...

Small Landlords Sue Attorney General Over NY Eviction Ban

March 3, 2021    

Five small landlords have sued New York Attorney General Letitia James. Attorneys for the group are arguing that the hardship declaration form is “unconstitutional compelled speech,” because it forces landlords to, in effect, voice support for a policy that is “squarely adverse...

DOB Announces Facade and Scaffold Safety Sweep

March 3, 2021    

The DOB recently announced the launch of a seven-week façade and scaffold safety blitz. This campaign includes direct educational outreach to construction workers and industry professionals on scaffold safety, as well as inspection sweeps on façade work sites across the five boroughs. DOB...

Sen. Gianaris, Housing Advocates Call for Housing Stability Relief Fund

February 3, 2021    

Housing advocates and Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) are calling for $2.2 billion to help struggling tenants and small landlords. Gianaris recently sent a letter calling on Gov. Cuomo to establish a Housing Stability Relief fund to pay owners for rent arrears and clear the debt of...

Queens Owner Didn’t Get Permission to Modify Front Door Lock

February 3, 2021    

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced agreements with an owner and a security firm over repeated violations of rent stabilization laws. The agreements resolve violations relating to the modification of a front door lock of the rent-stabilized building located in Flushing,...

Cuomo Proposes More Protections for Residential, Commercial Tenants

January 20, 2021    

As part of his 2021 agenda, the governor will propose legislation codifying and extending the moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions. Governor Cuomo will also propose legislation to codify protections the state has provided tenants by Executive Order. The State of the State proposals...

Cuomo Pledges Proposed Legislation to Convert Commercial Space into Housing

January 20, 2021    

In his 11th State of the State address, Governor Cuomo proposed legislation that would open a five-year window for the conversion of office buildings and hotels into residential use. "The housing problem in our cities has gotten worse. But the crisis of growing vacancies in our...

Eviction Moratorium Extended until May 1

January 6, 2021    

On Dec. 28, the New York legislature convened in a special session to extend the eviction moratorium until at least May. Governor Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 into law, which went into effect immediately.

City Council Extends Gas Pipe Inspection Deadline

January 6, 2021    

We previously reported that the first cycle filing window for NYC Local Law 152 of 2016, which requires the inspection of gas piping systems at least once every four years, was on Dec. 31, 2020—unless the City Council passes a bill to extend the deadline. In December, the City Council...

Tenant Activist to Be Nominated to City Planning Commission

January 6, 2021    

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams intends to nominate tenant organizer Cea Weaver to the City Planning Commission. Williams can appoint one of the commission’s 13 seats. The planning commission oversees the city’s growth and development in the areas of housing, business, industry,...