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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,...

File Annual Bedbug History with HPD by Dec. 31

December 16, 2020    

As a result of Local Law 69 of 2017, apartment building owners are required to file bedbug infestation and treatment reports with HPD annually. Owners must file between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31 for the previous year from November 2019 through November 2020.

Attorney General Secures $1M in Rent Credits for Harassed Tenants

December 16, 2020    

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement that secures more than $1 million in rent credits for harassed tenants and provides housing placements for 10 homeless families. The agreement with private equity firm Madison Realty Capital comes after Attorney General...

City Council May Extend Gas Pipe Inspection Deadline

December 2, 2020    

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, is coming due on Dec. 31, 2020—unless the City Council passes a bill to extend the deadline. Currently, owners of buildings in Community...

Landlords Lose Challenge to City’s COVID-19 Small Business Protections

December 2, 2020    

If you own a mixed-use building with retail tenants, you may be interested to know about a recent federal decision from the Southern District of New York. In July, two commercial landlords sued the city over laws passed to protect retail tenants during the pandemic. The federal lawsuit...

Mayor Signs Bills Strengthening Income Discrimination Laws

November 18, 2020    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law Intro. 1339-A, which requires the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide information to CityFHEPS rental assistance applicants about income discrimination at the time an applicant receives a “shopping letter” from DSS. CityFHEPS...