Saturday 16 December 2017

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Confused About Benchmarking?

By now, you’ve surely been inundated with online and direct mail advertisements alerting you to the upcoming energy benchmarking deadline. Many contain foreboding text about new laws and increased regulation, implying that without their expertise, you will be left vulnerable. […]

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Secrets to Keeping Effective to Do Lists

We’ve all made a to-do list at some point in our lives. Perhaps to keep track of an important project, an attempt to stay organized, or just a

Go Green, Save Green

The first priority for any property owner or manager is to operate their buildings cost effectively while providing residents with all their required services. There’s lots of buzz

Not Your Grandfather’s City

Rules and regulations from New York City government agencies change on a constant basis. While new or revised laws are often meant to be protective for tenants and

Power Over Paper

The venerable “Paperless Office” has been a perennial buzz-term ever since computers revolutionized our offices. However, for many, going paperless is still seen as just a lofty goal,

Painting Requirements in Rent-Stabilized and Rent-Controlled Apartments

Under the Rent Stabilization Code and NYC Housing Maintenance Code, landlords of rent-stabilized apartments must paint or cover the walls and ceilings of the apartment at least every

Last Rites for the Four-Year Rule?

Anyone who has ever contested a rent overcharge complaint with the DHCR, is painfully aware of the considerable battle that it is. The heart of every rent overcharge

Presumed Lead Violations and XRF Testing

Each year, NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issues thousands of lead violations to property owners. Many of these violations are true lead hazards, tested by

Cost Segregation Delivers Big Tax Benefits for Apartment Building Owners

There is never a bad time for building owners to lower their tax bills in order to improve cash flow. One of the best strategies available to do

The “Do-It-Yourself” Tenant

The scenario plays itself out all to frequently. It starts with an urgent message that a tenant has been making renovations in her apartment without prior authorization, although

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