Media & Publications

Reminder – Report Change in Ownership or Address to DHCR

  • If there has been a change in the Owner/Managing Agent or a change in the address for the Owner/Managing Agent of a Rent Stabilized building, you are required to report this change to the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) within 30 days of the event.

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HPD Deadline to Register is September 1, 2021

  • Property owners of residential buildings are required by law to register annually with HPD if that residential property is a multiple dwelling (3+ residential units) or a private dwelling (1-2 residential units) where neither the owner nor the owner’s immediate family resides.

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Supreme Court of the United States Temporarily Lifts Part of New York’s Eviction Moratorium

On August 12, 2021, in a 6-3 decision in favor of Landlords, the United States Supreme Court issued an injunction against enforcement of Part A of the COVID Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (“CEEFPA”). Part A of CEEFPA permitted tenants to file a self-certified COVID-19 hardship declaration which generally was not subject to challenge and prevented landlords from obtaining Court dates.

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New Renewal Lease Form from DHCR

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (“DHCR”) has issued a new Renewal Lease form (Form RTP-8 (6/21)) pursuant to RGB Order #53.  This Rent Stabilized Renewal Lease form should be used for Renewal Leases commencing on or after October 1, 2021 and on or before September 30, 2022.

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Proposed Legislation Seeks Radical Changes

On June 7, 2021 a bill was introduced in the New York State Senate which may have a profound impact on the industry’s understanding of what is required to charge a “first rent” or obtain exemption following substantial rehabilitation. It has been long rumored that changes were to come. THE BILL IS NOT YET A LAW. However, it may become law in the near future.

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RGB Adopts New Rent Increases

On June 23, 2021, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) approved new rent increases as follows:

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Update on $2.4 Billion Dollar Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

New York State’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (“OTDA”) will administer the program and the funds are expected to start being disbursed at the end of June 2021.

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Update on $2.4 Billion Dollar Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (“OTDA) has issued a list of documents that will be required from building owners and tenants when they apply. Please note, the application portal is not yet available.

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Welcome to New Associate – Jason Engelstein

We are proud to welcome our newest associate, Jason Engelstein, to Sidrane, Schwartz-Sidrane, Perinbasekar & Littman, LLP.

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Impact of Recent Legislation on Housing Court

New Restrictions Imposed on Eviction Proceedings

On May 4, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed an amendment to the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.

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