In response to the dramatic changes in the rent laws that were enacted in June, RSA held two seminars on July 11th to educate RSA members about those changes and to better understand their impact. The program, originally scheduled for the morning of July 11th, was repeated the same afternoon because the morning program was sold-out almost immediately after it was announced. Over 800 RSA members and non-members either attended in-person or followed the proceedings online.
The seminars were held at the New York County Lawyers’ Association and were moderated by RSA General Counsel Mitchell Posilkin and RSA Deputy Counsel Robin Bernstein.
After introductory remarks by Mitch Posilkin and RSA Chairman Aaron Sirulnick, the panelists presented their summary and analysis of the new law. The panelists for the morning program were Jeffrey Turkel of Rosenberg & Estis, Matthew Brett of Belkin, Burden, Wenig and Goldman, and Niles Welikson of Horing, Welikson Rosen & Digrugilliers. The panelists for the afternoon program were Blaine Schwadel of Rosenberg & Estis, Martin Heistein of Belkin, Burden, Wenig and Goldman, and Phillip Rosen of Horing Welikson Rosen & Digrugilliers.
The two programs covered the same subject areas. The presentations relating to the changes made to the rent laws covered the elimination of high-rent vacancy decontrol and high-rent, high-income decontrol, the elimination of vacancy increases, changes to preferential rents, major capital improvement rent increases and individual apartment rent increases. In addition, the elimination of the so-called “sunset” provision, which required the Legislature to extend the rent laws, was repealed; however, the City Council is still required to declare a housing emergency every three years for the rent laws to remain in effect. Those subjects were addressed by Messrs. Turkel, Schwadel, Brett, and Heistein.
While changes to the rent laws have been the primary focus of attention since they were amended in June, changes in the law relating to Housing Court eviction proceedings, the leasing process (including tenant screening, security deposits, fees, etc.) and other related issues were equally as dramatic and harmful to apartment building owners. These issues were covered by Mr. Welikson and Mr. Rosen.
We understand that due to the magnitude of the changes in the law that there is still a significant interest in programs to learn more about the new laws. As a result, RSA will be holding two more programs on the 2019 rent laws. Both will be held on September 23rd and will be structured as follows:
• the morning program will cover those changes made in the 2019 law which affect Housing Court and the Leasing Process
• the afternoon program will cover those changes made in the 2019 law that affect Rent Regulation.
Members can attend the seminars in-person or view them via live webinar, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
In addition, the July 11th programs are also available on-demand through NYCLA. To purchase RSA On-Demand seminars, please CLICK HERE.