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Mayor Signs Update to Heating Requirements

June 8, 2017    

On May 24, the City Council passed heating legislation and Mayor de Blasio recently signed it into law. The legislation sets the overnight temperature requirement at 62 degrees. This is an increase from 55 degrees, the prior standard temperature from 10 PM to 6 AM during the heating season from...

HPD Releases Sample Gas Leak Notice

June 8, 2017    

Local Law 153 of 2016 recently went into effect. The law requires the owner of a dwelling to provide residential tenants with a notice regarding procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected.

The information must be provided by:

Apartment Law Insider Wins Top Newsletter Award

June 8, 2017    

On June 6, New York Apartment Law Insider received the First Place Award for Best Business Newsletter, presented by the Specialized Information Publisher’s Association (SIPA) at its annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The judges based their decision on...

Bills Aim to Speed Up Rental Subsidy Payments

May 4, 2017    

New bills sponsored by Councilman Ritchie Torres, D-Bronx, are focused on helping transition the homeless out of shelters. One part of the legislative package is intended to build landlords' trust in city programs that help formerly homeless people pay rent.

City Council Tenant Advocate Bill Met with Resistance

May 4, 2017    

The City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings recently heard more than a dozen bills that would enhance tenant protections and combat abuses by owners. Among those proposals was one that would create a new ombudsman within the Department of Buildings whose responsibility would be...

Coalition Sues City Over Property Tax System

May 4, 2017    

A diverse coalition of civil justice leaders, homeowners, and landlords recently filed a lawsuit charging that the property tax system is racially biased. The coalition, Tax Equity Now NY (TENNY), filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court backed up by data collected by former city finance...

RGB Study Finds Net Operating Income Grew Nearly 11%

April 5, 2017    

According to income and expense data recently released by the Rent Guidelines Board, owners’ net operating income rose 10.8 percent in 2015 and operating costs rose 1.1 percent from 2014 to 2015. This is the 11th consecutive year that net operating income has increased, and it represents...

Judge Upholds Rent Freeze for Rent-Stabilized Apartments

April 5, 2017    

New York State Supreme Court Judge Debra James recently upheld the Rent Guidelines Board’s 2016 decision to freeze rents for all stabilized rental units in the City of New York. It was the second year in a row that the RGB chose to freeze rents for stabilized units.      ...

Mayor de Blasio Announces Two Appointments to the Rent Guidelines Board

April 5, 2017    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced two new appointments to the Rent Guidelines Board: David Reiss, a Brooklyn Law School professor specializing in property law, and Hilary Botein, a professor at Baruch College's Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. The board is responsible...

Court Agrees 2016-17 Water Rates Should Be Applied Equally

March 2, 2017    

In Matter of Prometheus Realty Corp. v. New York City Water Board, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, agreed that water rates for 2016-17 should continue to be frozen for all, rather than increased for multifamily customers so that single-family...

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito Announce Right-to-Counsel Initiative

March 2, 2017    

Tenants facing eviction proceedings in New York City Housing Court will have free universal access to legal services under a new $93 million city allocation recently announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The funding will make New York City the...

Owner Sues to Have ‘Worst Landlords List’ Removed

March 2, 2017    

A building owner failed to convince a Manhattan judge to remove the city’s list of “100 Worst Landlords” from the NYC.gov website. The list has the owner at No. 34.

The owner, who had accumulated 565 violations at seven buildings, argued that he shouldn’t be on the...