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Inwood is Up-Zoned

The New York City Council, Wednesday, approved a rezoning of the Inwood area of Manhattan, allowing about 3,900 more apartments to be built than previously permitted. Two thirds of the units would be ‘affordable’ under various programs. Mayor de Blasio … Continue reading

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“Racial Impact Study” Not Required

A State Supreme Court Judge has rejected arguments that the City should have done a racial impact study before approving the rezoning of the Broadway Triangle site in Brooklyn for 1,146 units, including 287 affordable units.  The project “will probably … Continue reading

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Damned if you do…

Mayor de Blasio has announced the creation of another Anti-Tenant Harassment Unit targeted at “maintenance harassment.” At the same time, HPD announced a new Partners in Preservation program to fund local community groups to fight tenant displacement from new investments in … Continue reading

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Book ’em and Report ’em

Airbnb and other booking services will have to provide New York City with monthly reports of the addresses, length of stay, cost, host name, and other details of short-term stays under legislation passed by the City Council Wednesday and expected … Continue reading

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You Be The Judge

Want to be a judge? The Advisory Council for the Housing Part of New York City’s Civil Court is recruiting lawyers interested in a five-year term and $187,200 annual salary to preside in Housing Court. Applicants can email Linda Dunlap-Miller … Continue reading

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“Unaffordable” Guidelines

As blasted earlier this week, the City Rent Guidelines Board approved one and two year renewal guidelines of 1.5% and 2.5% Tuesday night, effective October 1. The official order number 50 will be posted here soon. Crain’s noted that the … Continue reading

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Income Discrimination Cases

A Bronx broker and a Staten Island property owner were sued by the City’s new Source of Income Discrimination Unit for, respectively, advertising “No Section 8” and advising applicants that vouchers were not accepted. Ironically, the broker told the Times that the buildings … Continue reading

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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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