Budget Reprieve, For Now

Congress, yesterday, gave final approval for increased funding for tenant and project based Section 8 for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 30th–basically allowing for continued funding of existing benefits due to inflation–but the Trump administration is seeking deep cuts beginning October 1st.

Earlier this week, President Trump nominated Pam Patenaude as Deputy Secretary of HUD. Patenaude, who has worked in apartment management, HUD, and academia, was one of the industry’s top recommendations for Secretary before Trump appointed Ben Carson.

Airbnb has launched a new intensive lobbying effort in Albany to allow short term apartment rentals, but at the same time announced agreement with San Francisco to implement a host registration system that would  ensure compliance with local zoning and safety requirements.

The City Department of Buildings has release new interactive maps showing façade condition and Local Law 11 filing status for more than14,000 building and the age, location, and reason for about 7,500 sidewalk sheds.

The DOB has also been cracking down on improper self-certifications. The Real Deal reported this morning that seven architects and engineers have “voluntarily” surrendered privileges since March 24th.

Mayor de Blasio, yesterday, signed a new law barring employers from asking prospective employees about their previous salary. It will be effective in 180 days.

Fines levied by the Environmental Control Board increased about 40% from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2016 according to a report issued this week by the City Comptroller. The Department of Buildings is generating $15 million more in fines. Recycling violations are up 82% and dirty sidewalk violations are up 125%.

ABO members can get additional rebates on building materials and equipment made by more than 50 manufacturers purchased since January. Applications must be filed by May 19th.

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