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New NIMBY Tool

City Council Member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer are seeking a rapid zoning change to retroactively block an approved development on the Lower East Side. In another chilling blow to as-of-right development, the pols are using a … Continue reading

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Council Fights Building Improvements

Be prepared to be publicly shamed on a “speculation watch list” if you buy a building with high leverage to fix it up under legislation passed by the New York City Council Thursday. Buying a building with large numbers of … Continue reading

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The Real Worst Landlord

The biggest scofflaw and tenant harasser in New York is, once again, the City Housing Authority. Late last week it was revealed that the Authority sent 1400 tenants mistaken eviction notices, and this week the Department of Investigation revealed that … Continue reading

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Preferential Rent Requirements

Legal rents must be shown in all renewals of preferential leases, according to an updated Fact Sheet quietly released by DHCR last week. The Fact Sheet also outlines the changes to vacancy allowances after a preferential lease per the Rent Act of … Continue reading

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Reform For Some

The House Tax Reform Bill introduced yesterday limits the home mortgage interest deduction to mortgages under $500,000 and the state and local tax deduction to $10,000 in property taxes. It preserves 1031 exchanges and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, but eliminates the Private Activity Bond … Continue reading

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2.2% Solution

The State Division of Housing and Community Renewal this week issued Policy Statement 2017-2 “Collectibility of 421-a Tax Benefit/2.2% Surcharges for Market Rate Units” which states for the first time that the 2.2% annual surcharge on 421-a units is not applicable to … Continue reading

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MCIs and Professional Fees

The State Division of Housing, this week, issued Policy Statement 2017-1 on the Eligibility of Non Construction Costs, i.e. professional fees, to be included in Major Capital Improvement Rent Increases. Bottom line, if the services of an architect or engineer are required … Continue reading

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It’s Not So Cold Anymore

New night time hearing requirements (62 degrees regardless of outside temperature) took effect Sunday and the long range forecast indicates it will become an issue Wednesday. Coincidentally, that’s when we hold a seminar on the subject at 8:30 a.m. at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue. You should attend … Continue reading

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Save Energy, Or Else

Mayor de Blasio, yesterday, announced he would introduce legislation to fine owners of up to 14,500 commercial and residential buildings over 25,000 square feet if they don’t meet energy conservation goals by 2030. Details are not yet available. Meanwhile, beginning … Continue reading

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Gas Shut-offs Rising

Gas shutoffs are increasing due to a combination of a crackdown on illegal connections; publicity about gas safety, including a new City law requiring owners to advise tenants to call 911 if they smell gas; and a new statewide requirement for utilities … Continue reading

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