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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...

Developers to Pay More Than $613K for Flouting Rent Stabilization Requirements

November 18, 2020    

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced agreements in four cases involving developers failing to comply with rent stabilization requirements. The 421-a program provides partial property tax exemptions to real estate developers that build qualifying new housing in New York City...

DOB Launches Dashboard for Checking Service Wait Times

November 4, 2020    

The DOB launched an online Service Levels Tracker, a new tool that allows New Yorkers to see average wait times for DOB services. While this information has been available to the public in different forms over the years, DOB’s new tracker puts it all in one location, with clear...

Tenants Get $40M in COVID-19 Rent Relief from State

November 4, 2020    

New York State’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal recently issued a report on the status of the state’s COVID-19 rent relief program. Nearly $40 million will be distributed to more than 15,000 households through the program. This includes $23.2 million already distributed and...

HPD Announces Start of Heat Season and Releases Last Season’s Stats

October 22, 2020    

On Oct. 1, 2020, HPD announced the start of the 2020 – 2021 heat season, in which all residential building owners are required to maintain specific indoor temperatures. From Oct. 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021, building owners must maintain indoor temperatures at 68 degrees when outdoor...

Mayor Signs Bill Extending Protection to Commercial Tenants

October 22, 2020    

On Sept. 28, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Local Law 98. Sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera, this law amends Local Law 55 of 2020, which temporarily prevents the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial lease or rental agreements involving tenants impacted by COVID-...

Governor Postpones Tax Lien Sale Again

October 7, 2020    

On Oct. 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the ban on the city’s tax lien sale for another month. This is the fourth postponement since the start of the pandemic. The governor signed an executive order delaying lien sales statewide through Nov. 3. Without the order, the city’s lien sale...

DOB Extends Amnesty Period for the Facade Inspection and Safety Program

October 7, 2020    

The DOB recently announced that it has extended the Facade Amnesty Program for Cycle 8 filings through Oct. 31, 2020. The amnesty program is open only to non-compliant Cycle 8 owners and won’t be extended again according to the...

Cuomo Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium Until Oct. 20

September 23, 2020    

If your building includes commercial tenants, be aware that New York’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial foreclosures and evictions will be in place until at least Oct. 20. The moratorium was set to expire Sept. 30, but Governor Cuomo recently signed a new executive order extending...

Bill Seeks to Apply Emissions Cap to Rent-Regulated Buildings

September 23, 2020    

New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection recently held a hearing on Intro. 1947, a bill that would amend Local Law 97, which requires applicable buildings to cap carbon emissions. Local Law 97 mandates a 40 percent reduction in citywide emissions by 2030 and 80 percent...

Comptroller Stringer Launches Run for Mayor

September 9, 2020    

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has officially launched his mayoral campaign. He is seeking to brand himself as a progressive candidate. In his remarks announcing his candidacy, Stringer spoke on Mayor Bill de Blasio and his legacy, saying the current administration has done more to exacerbate...

DOF Delays Tax Lien Sale Until Sept. 25

September 9, 2020    

The DOF recently announced another postponement of the annual tax lien sale until Sept. 25, 2020, to give New Yorkers additional time to pay debt or enter into payment plans. The lien sale is administered by the NYC Department of Finance, which sells overdue property taxes, water and sewer...