About Mistina Picciano

Mistina Picciano is a full-time writer based in the greater New York metroplex. Her industry specialties include real estate, security, and professional services.

New York City Real Estate Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The following article on legal issues for landlords during the coronavirus pandemic is a guest post by Janet Nina Esagoff, Esq. Guest author Janet Nina Esagoff, Esq., offers guidance to landlords in navigating the coronavirus pandemic. As a New York litigator, I represent both landlords and tenants in my boutique real estate law practice, albeit mostly landlords. [...]


Don’t Fall Prey to Coronavirus Frauds

“The (coronavirus) pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."-Attorney General Barr Retired FBI analyst Josephine Mauro warns readers how predators are taking advantage of the current coronavirus pandemic and what we can do to protect ourselves. Special thanks to Integras Intelligence for giving us [...]


Are Remote Employees Exposing You to Cyber Attack risk?

Remote employees may expose organizations to increased risk of cyber attack, such as phishing. If your business can continue with employees working remotely, you’ve avoided many of the risks connected to COVID-19, aka coronavirus. What you may not realize is that other types of risk and liability have now greatly increased. If employees have access to servers, [...]


Homeowner Spring Safety Tips

Now is a great time to make safety checks in and around your property and these spring safety tips will get you started. Here in the Northeast—particularly in the New York City area—the arrival of spring has gotten lost in the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic. The combination of warmer weather and executive orders to stay home makes now [...]


We’re Still Open for Business

March 19, 2020During this unprecedented time, our office remains open, and we are ready to serve you. As always, you can pick up the phone and speak to a real person about your questions and needs. If the phones are busy, you'll receive a prompt response.Here at the City Building Owners Insurance Program and Somers Agency, we're continuing to conduct [...]


What Insurance Does a Landlord Need?

What insurance does a landlord need? This article covers both basic landlord insurance and optional coverage you may want to consider. If you’re considering renting out your property and you’re not planning on living there, chances are, your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover potential damages and liability. You need landlord insurance. But what type of insurance does a [...]


Water in Your Building: What Does Water Coverage Provide?

Landlords and homeowners need to know what types of water coverage their insurance policy includes before water damage occurs. Every day, at least one water main breaks in New York City. The big breaks can flood subway tunnels and close streets, making life difficult and inconvenient for commuters, residents and business owners. The smaller breaks might only [...]


Tenant Discrimination Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It

Tenant Discrimination Insurance protects landlord, manager, or owner from accusations of discrimination. You don’t discriminate against potential or current tenants. You’re careful to treat everyone equally. So why do you need Tenant Discrimination Insurance? Because your potential liability goes far beyond your own words and actions. In some cases, what one of your tenants does to another [...]


NYC Sidewalk Law Raises Stakes for Out-of-Possession Property Owners

Landlords can require tenants to be responsible for sidewalk winter conditions per the lease agreement, but the NYC sidewalk law ruling of 2019 demands caution. You’re an out-of-possession landlord. To satisfy NYC sidewalk law, the agreement you have with your tenants specifies that they’re responsible for, among other duties, snow and ice removal from the sidewalks in [...]


Throwback Thursday: Quality Service Is the Secret to Success

Some things (like the importance of quality service) never change... and that's a good thing. We came across an article written 19 years ago featuring our agency's dedication to quality service. All of our "Secrets to Success" still ring true, and our clients are certainly happy for our expertise and longevity. The article mentioned several keys to which the [...]