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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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) of 2021

A check list from Sidrane, Schwartz-Sidrane, Perinbasekar & Littman, LLP

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New Notice Disclosing Tenants Rights to Reasonable Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

NEW REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION NOTICE UPDATE

  • On March 25, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed a new law, repealing and replacing the law he signed last year (December 2020), which required that the reasonable accommodation notice that was on the Division of Human Rights (“DHR”) website be distributed to all tenants.

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