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The Really Worst Landlord

New York City will have to spend $1.2 billion more than planned to fix public housing over the next five years, under a settlement reached with the U.S. Attorney’s office this week. The U.S. Attorney found, among other problems, that the New York … Continue reading

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Glug

Fewer than half of the buildings with water tanks are in compliance with annual inspection and filing requirements, according to a City and State NY investigation. Reporters identified both City-owned and private buildings with obvious health hazards from, among other … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

Every employer in New York City will have to post an anti-sexual harassment sign where workers gather by 120 days after new legislation was signed by Mayor de Blasio Wednesday. The Commission on Human Rights is supposed to promulgate the … Continue reading

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Drip, Drip

The New York City Water Board is considering a 2.36% increase in water rates effective July 1st. Hearings are scheduled later this month, with a final vote May 31st. Repealing the Urstadt Law, ending vacancy allowances and luxury decontrol, and … Continue reading

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Cuomo Pushes Rent Control

Governor Cuomo wants to move quickly this Spring to end “vacancy decontrol,” presumably meaning either luxury decontrol or vacancy allowances, if Democrats take a Westchester Senate seat in a special election next week. It’s part of his plan to move left … Continue reading

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Apartment Price Index Up 4.5%

The Rent Guidelines Board Price Index of Operating Costs rose 4.5% since last year, according to a report issued Thursday. The “commensurate” rent increases suggested by the analysis range from a low of 1.75% and 3% for one and two year renewals to … Continue reading

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Facebook F*iends

Sure, Facebook lets foreign governments manipulate you, but now the social media giant is accused of fostering housing discrimination. Seems the ability to target your apartment ads to young singles with no kids, or not show it to people self-identified … Continue reading

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The Usual Emergency

There will be a rental housing emergency through April 1, 2021, according to legislation approved by the New York City Council, Thursday. The Council extended the local declaration of emergency for three more years, subject to State renewal of local … Continue reading

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No “Right” To Housing Quality

A federal judge has denied a request by New York City Housing Authority tenants to appoint an independent monitor over the Authority’s lead abatement and maintenance efforts, noting that there is no federal law or constitutional right guaranteeing “a certain … Continue reading

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Honesty

Mayor de Blasio responded honestly, Monday, to a radio interviewer’s question about “affordable housing”. “ ‘If you are saying ‘100% affordable,’ you are saying ‘all taxpayer-funded.’ Let’s be honest about this,’ ” the Mayor said. The City Council Housing and Buildings … Continue reading

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