On October 21st, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling that effectively “re-regulates” as many as 80,000 NYC apartments that, until now, had been unlawfully treated as market-rate units by landlords throughout the City. In Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Props., LP (source) the court found that apartments renting for more than $2000 are now subject to rent stabilization if they are located in buildings receiving “J-51” tax abatements from the City. There are more than 1,000 such buildings in Manhattan alone. Any apartment in such buildings that had been previously subject to “luxury decontrol” is now rent stabilized.
In the six plus years my neighbors and I have worked with David, he has proven to be a thoughtful, responsive and canny advocate for our position, effectively translating our collective concerns into a focused and successful argument on our behalf. Importantly, he is gifted with a pitch perfect ability to shift legal gears to suit the need at hand – mixing up an approachable easy-going manner with a razor-sharp ability to calmly clear away the clutter and get to the heart of the matter. The bottom line: We have no reservations in recommending his services. He has helped us retain both our homes and our sanity. And for that we are immensely grateful.