Keeping Tenants Warm in Cold Weather

Heat and hot water are necessities, not optional amenities. When the temperature goes down, it is necessary to provide these staples to tenants. Winter still has weeks to go, and the end of heat season is even farther away. The 2017-18 Heat Season lasts from October 1st through May 31st. During this time, you are ...

Keeping Young Tenants Safe from Lead Paint

Lead paint has been banned in households since 1978. Because of its widespread use over the course of decades, there is still a large percentage of units that still contain lead paint. As this is a serious issue, mandatory notice about lead paint must be sent to tenants every year in January. There is no ...

Housing not Warehousing

Mayor de Blasio has just signed several pieces of legislation, including Local Laws 29 and 30 of 2018, which comprise the Housing Not Warehousing Act. These bills involve taking stock of vacant land in the city. The Census Local  Law 29 is meant to increase transparency and let everyone know about the status of vacant ...

Energy Efficiency Scores will have to be Displayed

Local Law 33 of 2018 Starting in 2020, buildings over 25,000 square feet will be required to physically display an energy efficiency score. This new law is one piece in the effort to decrease energy use across the city. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® provides the building with an overall score. The number provided what is ...

No Smoking in Public Housing by July 2018

New York City has a Smoke-Free Air Act, that came into effect in 2002, banning smoking from common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Smoking in individual units is allowed unless the building has specifically banned it. However, in order to align with federal government regulations, all NYCHA buildings must be smoke-free by ...

Sprinkler Deadline

Local Law 26 of 2004 is in place to help with building safety in the event of an emergency or fire. It came to fruition after 9/11 occurred, and it became clear that building safety implementations were of paramount importance. Clear signage, unblocked egress, and ways to combat fire are all necessities that are included ...

Window Guards

Window guards are put in place to save lives. Children are curious and exploratory, and every year, there are injuries and fatalities caused by unguarded windows. Local Law 57 of 2011 states that guards must be present in units where children under 10 reside.  A resident in any multiple dwelling building has the right to ...

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