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Inside Edge: Impact of new regulations on New York City’s Residential Mortgage Market

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Citizens Housing & Planning Council recently convened a meeting of practitioners from the housing industry to discuss the state of the residential retail mortgage market and its impact on the housing market. The discussion was led by Dan Levitan, a founding partner of the Home Mortgage Acceptance Corp. (HMAC), currently Managing Director at The Manhattan Mortgage Company (MMC) and Lisa Ryell, Managing Director at MMC.

The global recession is well underway, fueled in large part by the U.S. mortgage market collapse in 2007. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were placed into conservatorship in September 2008, and which have received …

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Inside Edge: New Federal Lead Rule Around the Corner

Seventeen years after the passage of the federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, the final pieces of the implementing regulations are about to go into effect. As set forth in a prior Inside Edge (July 2008, EPA’s New Layer of Lead Paint Rules), unless action is taken by the New York City Council and the relevant city agencies this will result in a new level of confusion and complexity in New York City.

These rules were issued by the US Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) in April of 2008. They govern the precautions that must be taken …

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Inside Edge: Court of Appeals Delivers Final Word on Stuy Town

The Inside Edge has been closely following the case of Roberts vs. Tishman from Supreme Court (see The Inside Edge, September 2007 edition) to the Appellate Division (see The Inside Edge, March 2009 edition). Now the Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that finally settles the issue of whether buildings with J-51 tax benefits can utilize the luxury decontrol provisions of the rent stabilization law. They can’t.

But in answering this question the Court of Appeals has clarified the law on how to deal with this problem going forward. It has, however, not provided guidance …

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Inside Edge: Stuy Town J-51 Decision Reversed

In the September 2007 edition of the Inside Edge, we reported on the decision of Judge Richard B. Lowe of the New York State Supreme Court which indicated that accepting J-51 tax benefits from New York City did not prevent a building owner from utilizing the high rent and luxury decontrol provisions of the rent stabilization law. As of March 5, 2009 the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has reversed that decision and ruled that if you accept J-51 benefits you may not utilize the high rent and luxury decontrol provisions of rent stabilization. This…

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Inside Edge: EPA’s New Layer of Lead-Based Paint Rules

The US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has just issued a new rule on addressing lead-based paint during renovations. Adding to an already complex regulatory regime, this new set of rules governing lead-based paint, phases in implementation between June 23, 2008 and April 22, 2010. Covering the same ground as the repair and renovation portions of New York City’s Local Law 1 of 2004 (LL 1), but with different procedures and thresholds for applicability, the new rules create a confusing alternate scheme for treating lead-based paint during renovation and repair of homes, apartments and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. This …

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Urban Prospect: Liquid Assets

In 1988 the City changed the method for collecting water and sewer charges from a system based on the amount of building frontage, to a system based on metered charges determined by actual water usage. It would have been fair to presume that this change would distribute the cost of using water equitably and encourage conservation of a scarce natural resource. In reality, however, the cost of water now has less to do with the amount consumed and more to do with the enormous cost of the infrastructure required to deliver it.

In this Urban Prospect, author Harold Shultz examines …

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