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Q&A: Navigating the City’s Complex Housing Market

New York Times March 14th, 2015 Death and House Cleaning Q. My mother has lived in a rent-stabilized apartment in a co-op building for 40 years. When she passes away, how many months do her children have to clear out her belongings before the unit must be vacated? Forest Hills, Queens A. You will probably  Full Article…

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Q&A: On The Loft Law

By: Dov Treiman April 7th, 2015 The Loft Law and several related laws set procedures to protect and preserve residential occupancies in buildings that were originally built for commercial use by ensuring renovations to these buildings to bring them up to the safety standards that are normal in apartment buildings. Not all commercial buildings qualify  Full Article…

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Q&A: Preferential Rent in J51 Housing

November 4, 2015 Q: In J51 housing, can a preferential rate be adjusted as part of a renewal? A: In J51 buildings for the past 40 years, if the FIRST tenant gets a “preferential” rent, there’s nothing preferential about it. The owner has given up the right to the higher rent forever. Under Rent Stabilization  Full Article…

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Q&A: Parking Spaces for the Disabled

Q. My question refers to how many handicapped parking spaces must reserved in a particular co-op or a condo. Is there any legal requirement to set aside a certain number of spaces? Must a multiple dwelling with parking spaces used exclusively on an accessory basis by residents of the building set aside handicapped parking spaces  Full Article…

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Q&A: Setting Aside Accessible Parking

By: Adam Leitman Bailey & John Desiderio August 1st, 2014 Q: Who owns the handicapped parking spaces set aside in the parking facility of a newly constructed condominium? Keeping it Accessible in Kings County A: “Sponsors of newly constructed condominiums are responsible for creating the condominium as a legal entity and for constructing the physical  Full Article…

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Q & A: Lender Says No to Co-op Sublet

By: Jay Romano February 2nd, 2012 Q. I want to sublet my co-op apartment in Chelsea, and I know that paperwork must be submitted to the management company to get approval of my subtenant. The co-op board also requires a letter from the bank stating that it approves. But the bank said it would allow a  Full Article…

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Q&A: Landlord Raises Garage Rent

By: Jay Romano November 4th, 2012 Q I have a rent-stabilized apartment with a garage space in New York City. For my upcoming lease, the landlord wants to apply the rent guideline increase of 2 percent or $20, whichever is greater, to the current rent for the garage. A neighbor who rents storage space in the  Full Article…

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