When the NYS legislature renewed rent regulations effective July 2015, there were some significant changes that affect co-ops and condos.
If a co-op/condo has an unsold share holding with one or more rent controlled and/or rent stabilized apartments, and the Holder of Unsold Shares obtains an MCI rent increase order, now there is a significant financial benefit for the building as well – a large credit on property taxes.
Example: Cooperative has 95 units, gets a $400,000 exterior restoration job. The Holder of Unsold Shares has 6 rent stabilized apartments, and applies for and gets a rent increase. (That alone is an appreciable financial benefit for the building, since improved cash flow on an unsold share holding tends to increase the value of all apartments.) Now the building can also get a direct tax credit of $44,444.44, 11.1%* of the cost of the work. This comes in the form of a one-time credit on the property tax, the “MCI Abatement.” The co-op/condo gets the entire amount in one year.
This is not a J-51 abatement (which sometimes come with many strings attached) but a new “MCI Abatement” arranged by NYC Dept of Finance and the NYS Housing Division (DHCR.) It goes to the building owners, not the Holder of Unsold Shares, since the improvement was paid for by the building.
So if this credit is available only if there is an MCI rent increase order in the building, what work in buildings qualifies? Eligible work involves replacing a “building wide system.” “Building Wide System” has a complicated definition that is not always logical. Most high-priced jobs do qualify. There are also filing deadlines.
Our thanks to Ed Tristram Associates, Inc. for this article.
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Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who responded to our call for messages to your state Assembly representatives to ask for their support of Jeff Dinowitz’s bill that would have brought us a significant step closer to reverse mortgage availability for seniors in housing cooperatives. The legislative session ended without passage of this legislation, in part because the Assembly was concerned about consumer protections. Our plan is to amend the legislation to include these protections and to have our champions reintroduce it in both houses when the new session begins in January.
But now there is a threat to reverse mortgage availability for condominiums. HUD issued a ruling in May stating that it will no longer provide HECMs (its own reverse mortgages) to seniors in condominiums in certain states. While New York is not one of the states in question, FNYHC is nevertheless submitting strong comments in opposition to this curtailment of availability of reverse mortgages.
FNYHC will continue to keep members updated on developments.
Legislation that would allow Reverse Mortgages for seniors 70 and over who make their homes in cooperatives has passed the New York State Senate and has been introduced in the Assembly. If passed this would open the door for lenders not interested in FHA to begin to make reverse mortgage loans in NY State (despite 16 years of efforts by CNYC and the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, HUD has no intention of making reverse mortgage loans to cooperatives nor to write guidelines for reverse mortgage loans).
The Albany legislative session ends on June 17th, so we ask your support to help ensure that the Assembly bill is passed before then. It is bill # A.10246 sponsored by Jeff Dinowitz from Riverdale.
Please write to ask your own Assembly member to support it and write also to Keith Wright, chairman of the Housing Committee, which now has the bill. Assembly member Wright can be reached at email@example.com and you can find your own representative at nyassembly.gov/mem.
Ask that they see to it that A.10246 passes this session. Briefly tell them what it will mean to you (and to the seniors in your building) as constituents.
Please copy CNYC on your correspondence. (Rothman@CNYC.coop)
Reverse mortgages enable senior to live on in the homes and the neighborhoods that have been theirs for many years. Owners of private homes and condominiums can already access reverse mortgages. We seek to make these loans available to seniors in cooperatives where the additional scrutiny of any loan by the board would help ensure that the loans are reasonable and affordable.
Mary Ann Rothman
CNYC Executive Director
P.S. If Jeff Klein is your State Senator, please also write to thank him for having passes S. 7844
The NYC Department of Buildings has asked CNYC to make its members aware that building owners and operators now have the opportunity to voluntarily register their cooling towers and evaporative condensers with the Department of Buildings. Online access to the registration form and additional information can be found at www.nyc.gov/buildings.
This voluntary registration is in anticipation of legislation that with the City Council’s support, will establish regulations to be administered by the Department of Buildings and the Department of Mental Health & Hygiene for the regulation of cooling towers and evaporative condensers.
On August 6, 2015 the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health issued an Order with respect to the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in the Bronx. The Order will be mailed to each property that the City of New York has identified as having a cooling tower.
The Order requires that all persons who own, manage or otherwise control buildings with water-recirculating cooling towers within the City of New York must:
- Obtain the services of an environmental consultant with demonstrated experience performing disinfection in accordance with current standard industry protocols;
- Under supervision of the environmental consultant, evaluate the cooling tower and associated equipment for the presence of organic material, biofilm, algae and other visible contaminants;
- Regardless of the outcome of the evaluation, disinfect/treat the cooling tower and associated equipment in a manner sufficient to control for the presence of Legionella organisms within 14 days of receipt of the letter unless an identical assessment and disinfection procedure has been conducted within the past 30 days; and
- Maintain records and make available to the city upon request
More information can be found on the City’s Department of Health website.
On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the State Senate and Assembly and Governor Cuomo came to agreements on rent regulation and the 421a incentive program for developers. With these issues finally settled, a four year extension of the property tax abatement program for home owners in New York City cooperatives and condominiums was included in the legislation passed by both houses that evening.
Thanks to the Department of Finance, this extender is seamless, because it was included on our property tax bills for the new fiscal year which begins on July 1st , saving condominium unit owners and cooperative corporations from confusion and cash flow problems.
On Friday morning, June 26, 2015 Governor Cuomo signed this legislation into law, continuing the abatement program in its present form through June 30, 2019.
Every NYC Building must file an online Property Registration form with HPD as required by the NYC Housing Maintenance Code by August 31, 2015. Management firms typically do this filing for their client buildings, but self-managed buildings will want to be sure not to miss the deadline. Here are the instructions :
Access the form through HPD’s Property Registration Online System (PROS). You will need to create an account and a profile in order to access the forms. Creating a profile in PROS will allow you to additionally
- Update and print one or multiple Property Registration forms at once.
- Check on the status of your registration and registration history at any time.
Even if there is NO UPDATE to the information please submit the form electronically so that we know not to send you a form through the mail.IMPORTANT NOTE: The forms should be printed on LEGAL SIZE paper. If you do not have legal size paper, you must modify your printer settings to ensure that the form will fit on 8 ½ X 11 paper. Be sure that all fields – including Section 10 – and barcodes are visible on the printed forms!
After you print the form, BOTH the OWNER and the MANAGING AGENT MUST SIGN AND DATE THE FORM. Photocopied signatures are not valid. Please mail the completed form to The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Church Street Station, P O Box 3888, New York, NY 10038-3888.
You must also submit payment for property registration. DO NOT SEND A CHECK TO HPD. The registration fee has been billed by the Department of Finance (DOF) with the July Statement of Account of Property Taxes. You can pay the fee Online or by following the instructions on the Statement of Account for mailing in a payment or by visiting a DOF Business Center in person. (For more information on payment options or DOF locations, see the Department of Finance Website.)
Once your registration becomes valid you will receive a receipt of valid registration by mail and an e-mail from HPD (if you provide an e-mail address on your registration) advising that your receipt is available throughPROS.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS REQUIRED:
- A VIOLATION MAY BE ISSUED TO YOUR PROPERTY. HPD MAY CHOOSE TO SEEK CIVIL PENALTIES IN HOUSING COURT BASED ON THIS VIOLATION.
- IF THE PROPERTY HAS 3 OR MORE UNITS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING AN ACTION FOR NONPAYMENT IN HOUSING COURT AGAINST A TENANT OF THIS PROPERTY UNTIL YOU ARE VALIDLY REGISTERD.
- YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CERTIFY THE CORRECTION OF VIOLATIONS OR REQUEST A DISMISSAL REQUEST INSPECTION FOR PENDING VIOLATIONS.
If you believe that your property is not required to be registered or if you no longer own the property and do not wish to be contacted about this property in the future, please review the Property Registration Page on our website for the appropriate next steps.
If you need help completing the form or are experiencing any issues with PROS, you can e-mail HPD at firstname.lastname@example.org or call HPD’s Registration Assistance Unit at (212) 863-7000, Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 4:30 PM.
In recent years, the New York City area has been increasingly affected by severe storms. The multi-day loss of power and extreme flooding from Superstorm Sandy exceeded most emergency scenarios and as a result, few buildings or residents had plans for managing the emergency conditions before, during or after the storm. Many buildings suffered damage that could have been prevented, or from which they could have recovered more quickly, with the benefit of advance planning. In response, amendments to the Administrative Code of the City of New York were enacted to help the City better prepare for future storms. This memorandum highlights the important aspects of the new laws and suggests ways your building can prepare for upcoming storms.
The new laws became effective on May 18, 2014. They amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York to add Sections §30-113 and §27 -2051.1 creating a two-pronged approach to emergency planning by requiring: (1) the creation of emergency preparedness recommendations for residential and commercial building owners, and (2) the posting of emergency information in ceratin residential buildings.
Click to download the complete Emergency Preparedness Recommendations for Residential Buildings Memorandum, prepared and provided by Schechter & Brucker, P.C.
§ 28-316.1 Required insulation of certain concealed piping exposed during alteration or repair. Where concealed existing piping is exposed in the course of the alteration or repair of a building, the owner of the building shall provide for the insulation of the exposed piping. The exposed piping shall be insulated to the extent required by the New York city energy conservation code for newly installed pipe of the same specifications and serving the same function as the exposed pipe. The entire exposed length of the piping shall be insulated as well as any further length of concealed pipe that can be directly accessed through openings made in the course of such alteration or repair.
1. Exposed pipe with one-inch (25-mm) thick continuous coverage of existing insulation in good condition.
2. Where the length of concealed pipe which may be directly accessed through openings made in the course of such alteration or repair is less than three feet (914 mm).
3. Where there is not sufficient space to insulate pipes to the extent required by the New York city energy conservation code due to conflicts with existing construction, pipes shall be insulated to the extent that space allows.
§2. This local law shall take effect October 1, 2014, except that this local law shall not apply to construction work related to applications for construction document approval filed prior to such effective date, and except that the commissioner of buildings may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.