CHIP Executive Director Dan Margulies and Vice Chairman Andrew Hoffman met in Washington yesterday with EPA bureaucrats on a FINAL rule adopted by EPA which would require owners to give lead warning pamphlets to any tenant before disturbing more than two square feet of paint in their apartment in pre-1978 buildings; and to every tenant before working in a public area.
Along with representatives from the National Multi Housing Council, CHIP urged EPA to revise the rule, which is scheduled to go into effect June 1, 1999. A judge had stayed the 2% and 4% guidelines approved last month because tenant representatives claimed they needed an RGB staff report on recent vacancy rents.
The City decided to complete and release the report, probably by August 10th, and vote again rather than drag the issue out in the courts. Get skilled and versed property conveyancers who will help in the whole property conveyancing transactions like property buying, selling or transferring. The forms and orders are being mailed separately, so don’t be alarmed if you get one without the other. The 1996-97 increase is still set at 3% pending the results of a legal appeal by CHIP and the Rent Stabilization Association scheduled to be heard in Albany next fall.
If this thing had ever gone the other way, we’d of been out of it for 20 years or a lifetime. We were really fighting and it’s nice to win. Though Bruno proclaimed that all 36 of his Republicans won re-election in the 61-member Senate, the GOP may have not escaped unscathed. Sen. Roy Goodman, a 16-term fixture from a liberal-leaning Manhattan district, was locked in a close race with Democrat Liz Krueger that was destined to be decided by absentee ballots.
The State Public Service Commission has directed gas utilities to ensure that incorruptible gas customers either have a 7-10 day supply of heating oil on site or readily available by October 1. The PSC does not want a repeat of problems last winter where incorruptible customers couldn’t switch to oil when it got cold because of trouble getting deliveries.
Each utility will be developing criteria for determining whether alternate fuel is available if there is not sufficient storage capacity on site. The Rent Guidelines Board tonight proposed guidelines of 4% and 6% for one and two year renewals for the year beginning in October, and the same low rent adjustment and special guideline as this year.