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Housing Court Changes Coming

More evening hours and advice to tenants on free legal counsel on notices of petition are among the Housing Court reforms endorsed by NYS Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in her State of the Judiciary speech this week, echoing the recommendations … Continue reading

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Laws and More Laws

Another dozen new laws approved by the New York City Council in December were either signed by the Mayor or enacted by default this week, including provisions to Add requests for proof of citizenship status to the definition of harassment, … Continue reading

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More MCI Proof Required

DHCR’s latest Operational Bulletin 2017-1, Major Capital Improvements, Confirmation of Costs, indicates that multiple forms of proof of payment will now be required with all MCI applications, and large cash payments will have to be supported by bank withdrawal records. … Continue reading

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Wheeler, Dealer

Corey Johnson, elected Wednesday  as the new Speaker of the New York City Council, wants to staff up the Council’s Land Use Division so that instead of members simply vetoing projects in their neighborhoods, the Council can wheel and deal. … Continue reading

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Double Standards

The year couldn’t end without another New York City Housing Authority lead-paint scandal. The Daily News reported last week that NYCHA placed families in apartments with known lead paint, abated by uncertified workers, without any of the required disclosure notices. Private property owners … Continue reading

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Council Slams Owners

Building owners, managers, and developers were slammed with new requirements on everything from mold to energy to construction noise as the New York City Council wrapped up its term, Tuesday, passing almost 40 new laws. If signed by the Mayor, … Continue reading

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Dogs and Fleas

Sleep with dogs, wake up with fleas. Or, rent to the City of New York and have your property condemned. Mayor de Blasio last week announced he would use eminent domain to take buildings with large numbers of homeless families placed in … Continue reading

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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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