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First Penalties for Late Parking Structure Reports Issued

February 14, 2024    

DOB recently announced that it had levied penalties to over 400 property owners for missing the deadline to file required engineering inspection reports for parking structures on their properties. Under the city’s Periodic Inspection for Parking Structures (PIPS) program, the owners of...

Pilot Program Offers Cash to Renovate Long Vacant Rent-Stabilized Units

January 30, 2024    

HPD and the Department of Social Services (DSS) recently announced the launch of a new pilot program called “Unlocking Doors.” The program is intended to address the city’s housing and homelessness crisis by helping New Yorkers move out of shelters and into newly renovated,...

HPD Guidance and Safety Tips for Heat Season

December 6, 2023    

With winter ahead and with the temperatures recently having dipped below freezing, it’s a good time to review owner responsibilities with regard to heat in apartment buildings. Heat season runs from Oct. 1st to May 31st. And during heat season, owners must maintain specific indoor...

DHCR Adopts Rent Stabilization Code Amendments

November 1, 2023    

On Oct. 23, 2023, the DHCR certified adoption of amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) it had proposed in August 2022. These RSC Amendments are expected to be published in the NY State Register on Nov. 8, 2023, which is the date they will become effective. 

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Consider Challenge to Rent Stabilization Laws

October 4, 2023    

On Oct. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant a writ of certiorari, a legal order in which a high court reviews a lower court’s decision, to a case challenging the constitutionality of New York’s rent stabilization laws. The lawsuit was initially filed by the Community Housing...

NYC Contractor Fined for Lead Paint Violations

September 13, 2023    

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, recently announced that the U.S. had entered into a consent decree resolving a civil lawsuit that it had filed against a New York City contractor,...

Four Landlords Owe City Nearly $500K for Lead Safety Violations

August 2, 2023    

Mayor Adams recently announced successful enforcement actions against nearly 3,500 health and safety violations in more than 5,000 apartments. An agreement between the city and four major property owners and their companies has resulted in almost $500,000 in civil penalties and compelled the...

DOB No-Penalty Inspection Program Returns with Expanded Offerings

July 10, 2023    

The Department of Buildings recently announced the expansion of its Summer No-Penalty Inspection Program, providing property owners and landlords with an opportunity to assess the condition of their buildings and address potential repair projects. The program runs until July 31 and allows...

Comptroller Calls for Courts to Slow Down Eviction Cases

June 14, 2023    

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander recently submitted a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Civil Justice to call upon the Mayor’s...

RGB’s Preliminary Vote Recommends Increases Between 2% and 7%

May 11, 2023    

Last week, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) passed a preliminary first vote on one-year and two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments in New York City. The preliminary vote passed 5 to 4, advancing a range of proposed rent hikes ahead of a final vote scheduled for June 21.

The board...

Mayor Adams Appoints NYC's First-Ever 'Rat Czar'

April 12, 2023    

Mayor Adams recently appointed Kathleen Corradi as the city’s first-ever citywide director of rodent mitigation, also known as the “rat czar.” In this newly created role, Corradi will coordinate across city government agencies, community organizations, and the private sector to...

Mayor Announces New Rent Guidelines Board Chair

March 15, 2023    

Mayor Eric Adams recently announced the appointment of Nestor Davidson as the new chair of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. The nine-member Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) is responsible for adjusting rents for the one million New York City apartments subject to the city’s rent...