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New affordable housing programs announced by Mayor de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to reveal additional affordable housing programs as part of his Housing New York 2.0 plan to create 300,000 affordable housing units in the city by 2026. The two new programs are projected to help at least 2,100 families over an eight-year period.

Mayor de Blasio said of the new programs’ potential effect, “Affordable homeownership empowers families and neighborhoods and opens pathways to the middle class.”

Are pet deposits fairly priced? Or do they prey on pet owners?

Many people consider pets part of the family. And for people who live alone, they are even more than that—they are also roommates who are always happy to see you.

Given how attached we are to our pets, it is easy for pet-related services and businesses to charge exorbitant prices. Fifty dollars for a bag of premium pet food? Hundreds of dollars for pet sitters or dog walkers? Of course we pay it.

Legal woes continue for imprisoned NYC landlord

We noted in a recent blog post the "still ongoing" civil case brought by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman against a notorious NYC landlord.

Many of our readers know well about Steven Croman, given the magnitude of his "bad-faith and unlawful renter-focused practices" spotlighted in our November 8 post entry.

Drum roll - It's the annual Worst Landlords List

It's an annually recurring event in New York City around this time each year, announced with a bit of fanfare and always including some enlightening details.

It's New York City's Worst Landlords Watchlist.

Obviously, that's not something any individual would want to be on, but there it is: NYC has some enduringly problematic residential building owners and managers who city officials think merit a spotlight all their own.

Are rent-stabilized and rent-controlled units the same?

A recent media primer on the central ins-and-outs of rent-stabilized and rent-controlled New York City apartments notes the existence of "unsuspecting renters" across the city.

And that means this: Complexity often attaches to the metro housing market, resulting in instances in which a prospective or actual tenant is not even sure how his or her dwelling is classified by housing officials.

Focus: the important work done by the Housing Rights Initiative

It's more than a safe bet that Aaron Carr and his Housing Rights Initiative are not on the holiday shopping list of any problem landlords operating in New York City.

The reason why rings clear in HRI's stated mission, which is "to protect the rights of tenants and preserve affordable housing against predatory landlords."

Although bad-faith property owners and managers across NYC routinely confront tenant advocacy groups, few -- if any -- of those organizations are as formidable as HRI.

Bad Faith Landlord gets one year jail sentence to Rikers Island

The day of legal reckoning finally came last week for a big-time New York City landlord when, on Tuesday, a Manhattan judge sentenced the embattled businessman Steven Croman to a one-year jail term to be served on Rikers Island.

Legions of rent-stabilized tenants who previously lived in or still reside in Croman-owned properties (the landlord reportedly owns more than 140 apartment buildings scattered across the city) aren't shedding tears over the outcome. It is likely, in fact, that many of them think it was too lenient.

NYC landlord cited for numerous rent-regulated violations

Well, here's a difference of opinion.

On the one hand, a large metro apartment management company/landlord contends that a settlement recently reached with the New York Attorney General's Office was essentially coerced and is meritless.

A spokesperson for Icon Realty Management states that the claims of tenant harassment and displacement from rent-regulated units are "political hype." He calls them "completely overblown and misleading," and says the company might take post-settlement legal action.

Know your NYC tenants’ rights

Whether you are new to New York City or have lived here for years, finding housing is always a challenge. And finding a place to live is often only half the battle. Many renters have problems with their landlords and/or their buildings after they move in.

It can be extremely frustrating—or frightening—to be in this situation. If you know your rights as a renter, however, you will be able to make informed decisions about how to move forward. You can always discuss your tenants’ rights issues with a lawyer if you need further information or legal counsel.

Worried about lead paint in your apartment? You’re not alone.

In New York City, lead paint is a real concern. With so many older buildings in the city, it is not uncommon for apartments to have lead paint in them.

A law prohibiting the use of lead paint in residential dwellings was passed in 1960, but according to tenants’ rights attorney Sam Himmelstein, structures built before 1978 may still contain lead paint.