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ERAP: Is This The End?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Good morning and happy hump day!We have some good news for those of you that have applied for ERAP and are just waiting for those funds. Well, yesterday CHIP announced that the Senate and Assembly have pledged to put up to $1.25 Billion into the program as part of their one-house budget bills. Ho...

Let's Talk About CT:

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Feb 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Similarly to New York, Connecticut's rental assistance program is also running out of funds. According to an article posted by the CT Mirror the program will run out of funds before it can assist the 20,000 applications that are still pending. The plan should be to use the $2.2 billion surplus to...

Is ERAP Really Out of Funds!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Feb 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

Happy February!According to OTDA over 304,657 applications have been submitted since June for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. A report has shown that $587 million out of the $2 billion in rent assistance funds has been distributed. Applications after January 11, 2022 will be den...

Happy Tuesday! Let’s catch up on the latest news.

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Jan 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

As we all know the moratorium expired on January 15, 2022. Tenant activists were once again afraid of the tsunami of evictions that was going to happen, however, a lot of protections have been put in place to help tenants. CHIP has talked about how the courts have been delaying the execution of p...

ERAP Portal Reopening to Applicants

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Jan 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

New York State Supreme Court Judge Lynn Kotler has issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state to reopen its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) portal. The ERAP portal is to reopen even though there are no new funds to back the program. However, the reopening of the ERAP portal w...

Concessions v. Preferential Rent

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Jan 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

  Apartment hunting during the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed many tenants to find great deals on great apartments. Many landlords have offered a certain number of months free when signing a lease, and many others have drastically reduced the monthly rent amounts. These deals have s...

Tenant Criminal History Bill Defeated

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

The City Council was unable to pass a bill that would have prevented landlords from running criminal background checks on potential tenants, due to lack of support. The bill, titled the Fair Chance for Housing Act, was introduced in August of 2020, but was just voted on this month.Many argue that...

New Protections for Loft Residents

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Governor Kathy Hochul has recently announced the enactment of a law that will significantly increase protections for loft residents. This bill makes it unlawful for any loft owner to interrupt, deny, or discontinue essential services or create an uninhabitable environment in a multiple dwelling u...

ERAP Round Two?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Dec 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

           The State of New York announced on November 12, 2021, that it was no longer accepting applications for rent relief through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). At that time the $2.5 billion program had received over 280,000 applications and provided financial assistance to a...

Are Accessory Dwelling Units the Next Big Thing?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Dec 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADUs”) are typically accessories to an existing home. They are usually rentals, either an attached apartment to an existing house or a smaller, detached unit. However, Princeton, New Jersey has just passed one of the most progressive ADU ordinances in the New York metro...

A Win for Now

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Dec 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Win for Now Continued Protection for Certain Commercial Tenants of NYC In September of 2020, Manhattan Democrat City Council Member, Carlina Rivera, introduced legislation “Local Law 55” that temporarily suspended personal liability provisions in leases of certain busine...

More Vaccine Mandates!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Dec 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

We are back with more updates!Vaccine MandateYesterday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced another vaccine mandate. Starting December 27, 2021 all private employers in the city must be vaccinated. Along with this, children ages 5-11 must at least have their first dose in order to enter a...

What’s Next for ERAP?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Dec 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

 Now that Emergency Rental Assistance (“ERAP”) funds have run out, the Community Housing Improvement Program, an organization that represents 4,000 housing operators, has said that New York state lawmakers and New York Governor Kathy Hochul need to allocate an additional $2 billion to the program...

“Good Cause” Eviction Protections: Will NYC Be Next?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

As recent as last Monday, November 15, Poughkeepsie became the most recent municipality to adopt “Good Cause” legislation. Other municipalities, such as Albany and Hudson, passed similar legislation months earlier. Although NY state law currently prohibits NYC from passing this type of legislat...

The Future of New York’s Eviction Moratorium

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

            New York's new eviction moratorium seems to be finally coming to an end after almost 20 months. Up until a few months ago, New Yorkers facing eviction could block their case from moving forward by filling out a form stating they lost income due to the pandemic and were unable to pay r...

How Did CT Spend Their Federal Funding?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Let's talk a little about Connecticut today. In an article published by the CT mirror, Connecticut is now going to audit how every town used their federal CARES Act funding. 169 towns and cities spent roughly $60 million in federal relief funding. This money was meant to help loca...

Not a Happy Ending

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Happy Monday!On Sunday November 21, 2021 the LRAP portal officially closed. I hope everyone applied while they had the chance. The good news for tenants is that they now have the right to at least some legal assistance and lower-income renters may be eligible for full representation. All this was...

That's a Wrap on ERAP!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Monday we talked about how the ERAP portal has shut down, now let's talk about what this means for tenants and housing courts. CHIP believes that even if some funding is reallocated, it will only be half of the amount that was requested. OTDA says that this shut down will give them the ability to...

Are Evictions Really Rising?

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that will extend the deadline for local governments to declare a housing “emergency” so as to extend rent control, until July 1, 2022. What this means in New York City, is that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development will have more t...

Out With The Old and In With The New!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Nov 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

New York City has a new mayor. Congratulations Eric Adams. Let's talk about what this means for property owners and renters. In his proposal he mentioned that he is going to work towards adding affordable housing for everyone even in wealthier areas. Repurposing city and private office buildings ...

It Is Finally Friday!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Oct 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she has requested more Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds. More than 250,000 applications have been submitted but as many as 100,000 of those applications will not be getting funds unless the state can get more funding for the program.Let's talk about t...

Happy Wednesday!

Posted by Jordan Tapia | Oct 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

The latest on ERAP and LRAP:The issue is still the same, the program is out of funds and according to a survey done by CHIP about 200,000 renters have not applied for the program. Although some might not be eligible for ERAP, CHIP still urges renters to apply. As for LRAP the state has also under...

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