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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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Lead Time

The New York City Council holds hearings Tuesday on a package of lead bills, opposed by CHIP and ABO, that would require property owners to abate all apartments on turnover (as opposed to current interim controls), test and abate soil … Continue reading

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Primaries Next Thursday

State primaries on Thursday could offer a view into what may happen in the November elections. We’ll be watching and will report to you. Zephyr Teachout, endorsed for Attorney General by the New York Times this week, has expressly called … Continue reading

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Public Housing Predictably Poor

Rent Stabilized and market rent housing quality has been steadily improving, but public housing not so much, according to an analysis of 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey data by the Citizens Budget Commission. Democrat Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Senator Michael … Continue reading

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Universal, or Something

Democrat Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams called for universal rent control this week, but had trouble defining it. Tenant groups statewide are making the slogan a rallying cry. Anita Laremont was appointed Executive Director of … Continue reading

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Four Years=Four Years

The industry won a major victory upholding the 4 year rule in overcharge cases in the matter of Regina Metropolitan, in which CHIP played a key role. The Inwood rezoning approved last week apparently had an element ofcommercial rent control quietly … Continue reading

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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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