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Glug, Glug

President Trump, Tuesday, reversed an Obama-era Executive Order that would have resulted in expansion of regulated flood plain areas, including large swaths of Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, southern Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The changes would have increased flood … Continue reading

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Pay Lawyers, Not Rent

Mayor de Blasio has scheduled a noon press conference to sign the tenant right to counsel bill into law. As we blasted in our email alert yesterday, the New York City Council, passed almost 20 anti-owner bills Wednesday under the … Continue reading

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Look, Up In The Air

It’s summertime, and the City Buildings Department is turning its attention to outside space, issuing a reminder that balcony screens or enclosures need to have a permit, and suggesting, surprisingly, that rooftop terraces and recreation areas need enclosures. REBNY launched … Continue reading

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Can’t Do It In Person Anymore

Today is the last business day to submit 2017 NYC Boiler Inspection filings in person. Electronic filing will be required beginning August 14th. Effective August 1st, the City Department of Sanitation will be enforcing new commercial recycling rules adopted last … Continue reading

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Legal Aid For Housing Court

The New York City Council yesterday passed legislation providing for free legal representation in housing court for all tenants earning under 200% of federal poverty levels (200% is currently $24,120 for an individual, $49,200 for a family of four). If … Continue reading

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Time To Take Out The Garbage

Mayor de Blasio’s latest assault on rats includes a proposal to prevent building owners in targeted areas from putting garbage out for collection before 4 a.m. on pick-up days and Increased organics collection requirements for multifamily properties. The House subcommittee … Continue reading

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New Law, Old News?

The State Legislature (probably temporarily) adjourned this week, but couldn’t leave Albany without passing a bill, to require rent stabilized lease riders to include information about ancillary service charges and describe them. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the rider … Continue reading

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Storefronts Available, And More Available

There are 188 vacant storefronts on Broadway in Manhattan, with 55 of them north of 155th Street, according to a survey by the Borough President’s office released Monday. President Trump is naming Lynne Patton, an event planner with no housing … Continue reading

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Tax Levy Up $1.6 Billion

Property taxes overall will go up 6.6% under the Fiscal 2018 budget approved by the New York City Council, Tuesday. The Council added $200 million in estimated property tax revenues above the Mayor’s executive budget proposal–for a total increase of … Continue reading

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Signatures Here and There

Mayor de Blasio, as expected Tuesday, signed legislation requiring apartment buildings to maintain minimum winter night time temperatures of 62 degrees between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., beginning October 1st. The bill was one of more than two dozen new … Continue reading

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