Pest Control Responsibilities for NYC Landlords

Don't let the summer months bring unwanted tenants. Follow these pest control tips. The summer months often conjure thoughts of picnics, sporting events, and lazy days at the lake. But the warm weather also brings more critters into homes. This article covers New York City landlord responsibilities for pest control. Roaches and rodents are the most common [...]

Insurance Coverage for Life Estate Properties

Questions and answers about life estate insurance coverage answered. What is a life estate and why do you need life estate coverage? Leaving a home to heirs that is currently occupied by a family member or someone else is sometimes set up as a life estate for estate planning purposes. To protect the heirs and occupants, here are [...]

FDNY Fire Safety Requirements for Landlords

This article summarizes fire safety requirements for landlords and building owners in New York City. To help protect New Yorkers, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) requires landlords to post and distribute certain fire safety and emergency preparedness documents. The requirements apply to multiple dwellings in New York City, those with 3 or more residential units. [...]

Preparing for Flood Season: What You Need to Know About Floods and Flood Insurance

What homeowners need to know about floods and flood insurance when preparing for flood season Warmer weather brings people out of their homes to enjoy the great outdoors. It also brings hurricanes and floods. (The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and extends through November 30.) The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts widespread flooding this [...]

What NYC Building Owners Need to Know About Window Guards

For properties with three or more units, New York City law requires that building owners install and maintain window guards for apartments where a child age 10 years or younger lives. Every window in the apartment, except those leading to fire escapes, must have window guards. These metal or aluminum devices are designed to prevent children from falling out [...]

Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines for Condo and Co-op Buildings

With New York City entering Phase 2 of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan, co-op and condo boards need to be aware of the Phase 2 reopening guidelines that include both mandatory and recommended best practices that affect: On-site management offices Apartment showings Doctors’ offices Employee break rooms Similar guidelines have been released for the real estate industry and other workplaces. [...]

The Legality of New York City Basement Rentals

In New York City, basements aren't the same as cellars when it comes to apartment rentals. Basement Rentals in New York—Legal or Illegal? Certain basement rentals in New York City are legal, while others are not. First and foremost, the subterranean space must be a basement, not a cellar. According to New York City law, the two [...]

Are Riots and Looting Insured?

Are riots and looting insured? Does insurance cover looting and damage done during a demonstration or riot? If rioters or looters damage your commercial property, will your insurance policy cover it? The short answer: yes. As the Insurance Information Institute notes, virtually all businessowners and commercial insurance property policies cover property that has been damaged by riot, civil [...]

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