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HPD Announces Start of the 2017 Heat Season

October 5, 2017    

Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer recently announced the start of New York City’s “Heat Season,” which legally requires all residential building owners to maintain indoor temperatures at 68 degrees when it falls below 55 degrees...

Owner to Pay $500K in Tenant Harassment Case

October 5, 2017    

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a first-of-its-kind settlement between the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force and ICON Realty Management. This settlement provides tenants broad relief, requiring the owner to end...

Notorious Owner Sentenced to One Year in Jail

October 5, 2017    

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced the sentencing of Steven Croman, a landlord who owns more than 140 apartment buildings across Manhattan, for fraudulently refinancing loans and committing tax fraud. Croman was taken into custody and will serve one year of jail time on...

Mayor Signs Package of Tenant Protection Bills

September 13, 2017    

On Aug. 30, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed 18 pieces of legislation focusing on tenant harassment. The new laws make it easier for tenants to take abusive owners to court, and increase penalties and enforcement against dangerous and illegal construction.

Tenants Sue Kushner Companies in Rent-Stabilization Lawsuit

September 13, 2017    

A lawsuit, which seeks class action status, against Kushner Companies alleges that the company violated rent stabilization laws at a Brooklyn Heights building. The lawsuit puts a spotlight on Jared Kushner, the former CEO of the firm and top White House adviser who continues to hold a stake in...

City Council Approves Downtown Far Rockaway Rezoning

September 13, 2017    

On Sept. 7, the City Council unanimously approved a 22-block rezoning and development plan for Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens. The rezoning plans to bring more than 3,000 residential units to Far Rockaway, on land that is owned by the city, and all of these units would be affordable. The plan...

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...