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Who? What?

The programmers behind tenant complaint websites heatseek.org andjustfix.nyc have launched Who Owns What to help tenants identify all the properties owned by a single entity despite multiple LLCs. Using public records and relying on office addresses, it may be more reliable at finding agents than … Continue reading

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Council Doubles Down

More than a dozen bills increasing the penalties for false statements onbuilding permit applications, increasing public availability of information about overcharges, requiring that tenants get copies of notices of violations, increasing DOB inspections, and other provisions affecting apartment operators were introduced in the New … Continue reading

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Sold Out

Subsidized housing developers sold out private housing owners this week, joining with tenant activists to petition the State Legislature to end luxury decontrol and eliminate preferential rents—regulations that don’t matter to their programs. Members of the New York State Affordable Housing Association … Continue reading

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Feeling Blue

Tuesday’s blue wave in New York could lead to a battle on rent regulations, with the Governor’s office confirming that he wanted to “advance additional tenant protections, including the elimination of vacancy decontrol and limiting rent increases for building and apartment improvements.” The voters … Continue reading

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Speculative Criteria

New York City, Tuesday, published the first “Speculation Watch List“identifying buildings purchased for less than the median cap rate of all apartment building transactions in each borough. Buildings on the watch list will be subjected to increased inspections and scrutiny to … Continue reading

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Good Time for Qualms

Even the de Blasio administration had qualms about proposed commercial rent control legislation at a hearing Monday, but Council Speaker Corey Johnson implied the bill could pass after amendments to exclude larger tenants. The IRS issued proposed rules for new … Continue reading

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Not Amused

The federal judge hearing claims about the New York City Housing Authority’s failure to comply with lead paint rules was not amused by City defense arguments that the condition of the apartments is so poor that tenants must have known … Continue reading

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Class Not Dismissed

Two Housing Rights Initiative suits against property owners, both involving deregulation of units in buildings with J-51 benefits, were granted class action status by judges in Manhattan and the Bronx. These are the first cases of more than 40 initiated by HRI … Continue reading

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But the facts are…

New York’s City Health and Housing Commissioners gave strong lip service support to the Council’s package of lead poisoning prevention bills at a hearing last week, but the written testimony suggests that virtually all the bills need amendment and some … Continue reading

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AC Rates Up With Fall Arriving

Air conditioner charges in rent stabilized and rent controlled apartments with electricity included in the rent will increase to $26.42 per month effective Monday, October 1st, per the Division of Housing and Community’s Renewal’s latest Operational Bulletin 84-4 update, posted … Continue reading

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