It seems like service and emotional support animals (ESA) are everywhere these days and the ease in which someone can get “certified” raises eyebrows. Is there really an epidemic of people fraudulently using disability protections to bring Fido to the grocery store or avoid a pet fee? Let’s dig into the basics of animal accommodation laws and clarify common misconceptions.
(Note: We’ve addressed the access laws for airplanes in another blog.)
An individual living with a disability is entitled to a reasonable accommodation, meaning that the property manager has to make an exception … read more
If you’re a landlord, you face your share of risks. You may worry about protecting your investment from insurance claims, property damage and lawsuits from tenants. Here are some tips from our friends and LandlordsNY Insurance Expert @Mackoul Risk Solutions that can help you mitigate some of the risks that you face as a property landlord.
When becoming a landlord there are many different factors to consider. The most important, other than choosing a good tenant, would be making sure that you have the correct insurance coverage in place. Most tenant or landlord policies come with a higher rate since the home is not owner-occupied. The … read more
Did you know that if there is a sidewalk related incident involving your commercial building, the responsibility would fall on the building owner? When it comes to preventing slip and fall-related claims, it is key to make sure sidewalks are in tip-top shape. Although the city owns most of the sidewalks, they aren’t responsible for the maintenance.
According to Local Law 49, the legislation states “It shall be the duty of the owner of real property abutting any sidewalk…to maintain such sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition. The property owner shall be liable for any injury to property or personal injury, including death, proximately caused by the failure of … read more
If you’ve ever shopped online (like 69% of Americans) at a big brand store, you’ve probably found that they don’t leave you alone for a while. Everywhere you go, you find advertisements for the specific product you’ve been looking for. It’s an effective marketing technique known as ‘retargeting’. Websites remembers who visits them, and then target exactly those people. It makes sense; people who’ve looked at a product are qualified leads and the perfect audience for advertisements. this is even more true when it comes to local seo.
But don’t let big brand stores have all the fun. As a small business, you can use the exact same tactics. … read more
We need to stop using the term "emotional support animals." Read on to learn why.
October 14, 2020
By Abby Volin
Published late Friday night on October 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new clarification on the federal eviction moratorium. It contains several updates with important implications.
1. This revised guidance is coming from 4 federal agencies, meaning that we can expect this to be the official, coordinated government response.
2. The eviction moratorium will not prevent landlords from starting eviction proceedings.
This is different from the original moratorium, … read more
There are many factors that contribute to the rise and fall of insurance premiums.
The marketplace of insurance is very reliant on the supply and demand of the market. Entering 2020, the insurance industry was in what we call a “hard market”. We’ve been in a soft market for several years. A soft market typically means insurance companies are focused on premium growth, as they are making money elsewhere, such as investment income. This allows them to charge lower premiums to grow their market share. In addition, they relax their guidelines. In turn, this means more carriers are willing to provide quotes resulting in lower insurance premiums for insureds.
Over the … read more
With the classic movie The Princess Bride grabbing headlines this week, it seems appropriate to discuss something in multifamily housing that is truly inconceivable: rent concessions. Recently published data shows that concessions of all types are growing fast in order to attract new residents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and free rent leads the way in offerings. According to RHJ, “The rate of rental concessions can often be a leading indicator of a coming price drop, because landlords will often [sic] concessions first, before reducing rent.”
It’s time to storm the castle using a new tactic: pets. Living in a pet-inclusive community is one of … read more
It’s not a secret that we’re heading straight into a housing crisis as eviction moratoriums expire. But that doesn’t mean that animal welfare organizations are powerless in the quest to keep people and their pets together.
How long have you been in the business and how did you get started?
6 years. I was eating dinner on a vacation when the owner of the company sat down next to me. This was before I worked here so we were meeting for the first time and we were talking about a bunch of different things; everything from Syracuse Basketball to what I was doing for a living. Not knowing I was on an interview at the time, I did everything they say you shouldn’t do. We were drinking (again it was vacation) and I was complaining about my boss. By the end of the dinner, he offered me a job and I took it. Best decision I ever made and I am very grateful to have the opportunities … read more
last Friday power was out for an hour, when it was restored, the surge blew out a circuit board that controls our elevator door, the "Titronic Safety Edge," The replacerment and repair was done the same day to get the elevator going and cost $4500. Will Con Ed remimburse me or am I wasting my time to file a claim?
Opening Doors has just released its guidebook "Building Safer Pet-Inclusive Communities,” a manual that provides landlords and property managers with tools to implement a comprehensive pet program that fosters a safer and healthier community for all residents — even those without pets. It addresses ways to curb poor resident waste management practices, resolve nuisance issues and neighbor disputes, respond to questionable ESA verification letters, and other policies to ensure better communication, management, and accountability with all two- and four-legged residents.
Kilims are flat woven textiles made of intersecting wefts and warps. They have been woven for purposes such as baby cradles, tent bands, tent covers, floor coverings of tents, and many other functions for thousands of years. The kilim rugs provide more than utilitarian benefits.
They have unique aesthetics and great beauty. In recent times, kilims have gained popularity in European and American interior design. Here are some guidelines on the care of handwoven kilims so they are preserved and can be handed down to future generations.
Many companies for rug cleaning in NYC offer oriental rug care services but few really know how to handle kilim rugs the right way.
In the … read more
Our Legal Expert Michelle, with @Itkowitz PLLC , wrote a blog: "Reasons the NYC Covid-19 Anti-Personal Guaranty Law Is Just Not That Great For Commercial Tenants " Click here to read more blogs and helpful educational content from Michelle!
On May 26, 2020, the Mayor signed into law Bill Nos. 1932A-2020 and 1914-2020 (collectively “New Law”). These laws were apparently intended to limit the personal liability of good guy guarantors for liability incurred by a commercial tenant in New York City between March 7, 2020 and September 30, … read more
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